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Graduate trainee Hilary Turnbull has become one of three trainees to gain permanent work with Mowi Scotland, after 18 months on the company’s graduate programme.

Hilary will be starting work as the Western Isles health manager, checking on the condition of fish in the company’s island farms and looking after health management, welfare and monitoring.

It’s an excellent outcome after 18 months learning the farming business with hands-on experience at hatchery, freshwater and seawater sites, alongside a structured learning plan combining practical tasks with academic study and management experience.

Donald Waring, Mowi’s learning and development manager, said: “I’m delighted to see Hilary begin her career path here at Mowi. A big thank you to all the site managers who helped her learn the trade.”

The training carried on despite the challenges presented by lockdown, as Hilary explained. She said: “Despite the Covid pandemic, our training on site continued and, as things eased, we were able to go back to moving locations every three months.

“A highlight for me has been the sheer kindness and support I have received from every farm or site I have worked at.

“Each site took me in, showed me the ropes and made me feel valuable, even when I was relatively new and still learning. This welcoming atmosphere allowed me to get the most from every site and manager I worked with.”

Graduates interested in pursuing a career with Mowi Scotland are encouraged to check the website for available positions:

The picture shows Hilary out on site during her training (Mowi Scotland).