Current Situation in relation to e-learning models

E-learning as a tool for fishmonger’s training differs amongst the partner countries. Except UK, the partner countries have no public or private organization providing e-learning for fishmongers.

  • In Turkey, there is no access to training courses specifically for fishmongers. However, in HE, some courses are offered in the Faculties of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Food Engineering and some colleges specific to Fisheries. As well as that the courses for Fish Processing Operator offer similar education with fishmonger.
  • In the United Kingdom, there is reasonable access to training courses specifically for fishmongers in some area. Almost all the training courses are ranging from a few hours to several days, or in the case of Apprenticeships, many months or even years. There is no training currently offered to fishmongers, either traditional or via e-learning, for the peripheral but necessary areas of business and financial planning, customer relationship skills, advertising and marketing, waste management or record keeping.
  • In Portugal, currently there is no public or private organization that offers this type of online training certified and directed to fishmongers.
  • In Spain, there is no specific official e-learning courses focused on fishmongers. But many entities and enterprises offer general training courses for example about “Food Handling” or “Occupational Hazard Prevention (HACCP)”.

Mainly there is no e-learning platform for fishmongers. Only in the UK there is some training available to fishmongers by e-learning, but the majority require physical presence (f2f) even at centres throughout the UK. The food sector courses by e-learning seems suitable for a part of fishmonger training.
In Turkey, approximately half of the fishmongers are positive to e-learning. In the other countries, as a figure of the survey addressed to fishmongers, the 63% of fishmongers would be interested in e-learning tools.

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