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Fish Market

L2 Apprentice Fishmonger

Course Description

Fishmongers are responsible for preparing and selling fish, and shellfish products, to members of the public. They possess first class customer service and selling skills, and have a deep understanding of the fish and shellfish industry, species identification, preparation methods, and detailed product knowledge. Fishmongers are the face of the seafood industry, interacting with consumers, answering any questions they have, and helping them to make educated decisions on which fish they purchase.

Who is the course for?

Suited to those entering either the retail or wholesale Fishmongering sector. 

How long does it take?

Typically 18 months to 2 years.

What qualifications will I get?

  • Level 2 Standards Advanced Apprenticeship in Fishmongery;

  • FDQ Level 2 Award in Food Safety;

  • FDQ Level 2 Award in Health & Safety;

  • FDQ Level 2 Award in Knife Skills

How is training delivered?

All training is delivered at the workplace! We compile a training plan and provide a portfolio with either handwritten or online workbooks.


A trainer visits every 8-10 weeks on a day which is convenient and learners receive fortnightly support calls.

Are there any costs involved?

The apprenticeship is a Government funded course, however the employer will pay either a deposit or contribution fee, depending on the apprentice age.

  • £500 deposit if aged 16-18 which is refundable once completed;

  • £600 contribution which is about 5% of the training if aged 19+.

Are there Assessments?

There is an End-Point Assessment (EPA) conducted by FDQ. There are three parts to the EPA:

  • Knowledge test answered through a combination of multiple-choice questions and extended answer questions;

  • Practical observation;

  • Professional dialogue and interview. 

Benefits to the Learner

  • Earn while you learn and get paid a competitive salary;

  • Get high quality training paid for by your employer and the Government;

  • Following successful completion of the apprenticeship, apprentices can apply to the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers to become recognised Fishmongers;

  • Student discount card available.

Benefits to the Employer

  • A productive and effective way to upskill and future-proof an organisation;

  • Provide hands-on and practical experience to develop knowledge, skills and behaviours;

  • Achieve a real return of investment, grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce;

  • Government incentives to assist employers.

Role of the Employer

Apprenticeships are employer led, are the responsibility of the employer and have support from MEAT Ipswich. Employers provide:

  • Induction training;

  • Workplace learning activities, shadowing opportunities, coaching and mentoring;

  • Co-operate with the requirement of 20% off-the-job training hours.

Role of the Training Provider

MEAT Ipswich will provide:

  • Initial advice and guidance;

  • Help with identifying learning gaps;

  • Progress reviews and learner support;

  • Theory training;

  • Support in preparing the apprentice for their End Point Assessment.

Job Progression

A qualified fishmonger could work in a range of different types of businesses including supermarket fishcounters, independent high street fishmongers, and mobile fish vans. Talented fishmongers can go on to manage and even own their own fishmongering business.


Fishmongers have a range of skills, knowledge and behaviours that can lead to a rewarding career in the industry, and allow them to work not only in the UK but across the world!

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