Belfast’s first fish frying apprenticeships delivered by Belfast Met


To tie in with Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink ‘Seas, Rivers and Loughs’ month, Belfast Metropolitan College is thrilled to be delivering the city’s first Fish Frying apprenticeship scheme.

Belfast Met tutor Ben Polley, said: “Belfast Met in partnership with John Dory’s Award Winning Fish and Chip Shops is thrilled to be able to deliver Belfast’s first Fish Frying Apprenticeships. Supported by Seafish, this programme recognises the skill of employees whilst adding a valuable qualification framework to this thriving local industry. Our Fish Frying Apprenticeship Scheme was launched in October 2015 and apprentices are currently working towards a FDQ level 2 Diploma in Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills. The qualification involves gaining practical skills in John Dorys shops across the city. We are hoping they graduate from Belfast Met with great skills in seafood preparation, excellent fish frying knowledge and the ability to provide exemplary levels of customer service.” “

As Belfast Met celebrates its 110th year we can look back and see that trades and skills are very much embedded in our heritage…from the shipbuilding and textiles…and now fish frying. The College’s heritage and legacy is something we plan to highlight this year through various events including the launch of our brand new Linen Lounge restaurant which will be opened to the public in the Titanic Quarter campus this October.”

As well as fish frying and traditional subjects, Belfast Met’s Apprenticeship Programme provides training in a range of other areas such as accountancy, IT, or civil engineering. For more information visit