It is hoped hundreds of additional training places could be created if a centre of excellence for seafood is created in a north-east town.
Councillors on the Banff and Buchan Area Committee are set to hear a new report which will provide updates on a number of regeneration projects in Aberdeenshire.
The meeting, due to take place on Tuesday, covers a variety of projects in Banff, Macduff and Fraserburgh.
It includes a proposal to create a £2 million Scottish Seafood Centre of Excellence (SSCE) after hundreds of jobs were lost at Young’s Seafood processing factory in Fraserburgh in 2015.
A number of organisations including Seafood Scotland, Scottish Seafood Association (SSA) and Opportunity North East (ONE) are involved in the bid to create the world-class centre in the north-east.
According to the report, the aims of the facility would be to raise the profile of Fraserburgh as a fishing and processing hub, improve resilience in the sector, support 30 new businesses and provide 600 additional training places.
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A business case prepared by SAC Consulting for the proposed facility is being scrutinised with findings shared at a later date.
Members will also be told of a new training course provided through SSA and funded by the North East of Scotland Fisheries Local Action Group (NESFLAG). The report said: “A new ‘workplace ready’ training course has been created for new entrants (free of charge to trainees) comprising accredited modules in food hygiene, basic knife skills, food handling and quality assessment, health and safety and seafood cooking.
“Courses will be run across the north-east in response to trainee demand.”
The report also states that all ten places on the programme have been taken by Aberdeenshire seafood businesses.