Recruitment and Retention Training Tools
Quality Handling Practices
Process Safe Handbook
Fish Safe Handbook
Time and time again we hear
of labour shortages on the horizon for the workforce in
Canada . Due to future trends, such as an aging
population, there is a good chance that it will become
more difficult to secure a labour force in the future.
Nova Scotia and the fishing industry in particular is
no exception to this trend.
The fishing industry in Nova
Scotia hosts on any given day 80 plus associations.
These associations are sometimes referred to as the
backbone of the fishing industry and are run by many
dedicated volunteers. Many of these organizations may
have come about due to a particular issue/concern, may
be sector related, multi species, and single species or
are working on issues that are of common concern.
There is much strength in having these organizations and
they have housed many a strong leader to deliver the
mandate of the association.
In order to maintain strong
leadership within these associations, the Nova Scotia
Fisheries Sector Council with the help of industry
representatives took the initiative to develop a
leadership program specifically for the fishing
industry. There are two target groups for this
program, the first being for young people who are
becoming more active within their associations and show
potential for becoming a leader in the future. The
second group would be for those that are currently
leaders of their associations but would like to improve
on some of their skills.
The underlying premise of
this program is that leadership is not just a position
but rather it’s “behaviour”. The behaviour is based on a
set of skills and abilities. People who want to learn to
lead can achieve great improvement learning the theory
of leadership and by practicing various techniques.
The modules presented as
part of the program are a mix of general leadership
skills and practices applied specifically to issues and
challenges faced by those participating in the fishing
industry. The sessions will be presented on a tiered
level. Each level is two days in duration.
Sessions will be designed to
be fast-paced and high-energy, with interaction between
facilitator and participants, and among the participants
themselves. No session will be more than 45 minutes to
one hour. There will be no tests or exams associated
with the program.
The levels will include:
Level I: General Leadership/Managing
Conflict/Introduction to Policy Development
Level II: Communication/How to Effect Change/Fisheries
Level III: Organizational Issues and Simulation –
“Response to a Crisis”
In addition to the course
component of the program, each participant will also
have a mentor assigned. This person will be an
experienced industry leader and they will be available
to support the participant as they apply what they have
been exposed to through the program.
Essential Skills Modules
The Canadian Council of
Professional Fish Harvesters (CCPFH), in partnership
with the National Literacy Secretariat developed a total
of four essential skills modules that focus on reading,
comprehension, writing, mathematics, communications and
computer skills. Each module is very specific to the
The Nova Scotia Fisheries
Sector Council partnered with the CCPFH to adapt the
Groundfish Handling Practices program into an essential
skills module that would improve on reading and
The project aimed at
developing a 20-hour essential skills training module
adapted to the fish harvester’s needs and interests in
improving fish handling. It will link to and build on
the 30-minute instructional video documenting specific
improvements in at-sea fish handling and the
instructor’s guide and supplementary course materials
developed in the earlier project.
If you would like to view
the available training modules please check out the