On a fishmonger apprenticeship course, you’ll help sell fish and seafood products and advise customers on how to prepare them.

As an apprentice fishmonger, you will gain excellent customer service and selling skills and a comprehensive understanding of the fish and shellfish industry, species identification, preparation methods, and product knowledge.

Fishmongers are the face of the seafood industry, interacting with consumers, answering questions, and helping them in making educated decisions about which fish to purchase. Fishmongering is a specialised and time-honoured profession.

You will be able to work as a certified fishmonger in several settings, including supermarket fish counters, independent high street fishmongers, and mobile fish vans.

Talented fishmongers may one day manage or even operate their own fishmongering business.

What you’ll learn

On a fishmonger apprenticeship course, you’ll learn to:

  • Exhibit fresh fish and shellfish for retail sale.
  • Dell fish and shellfish by recognising and fulfilling customers’ needs via upselling/link selling and marketing.
  • Process sales of fish and shellfish include portioning, preparing, weighing, packing, labelling, and processing business-related payments.
  • Use safe tools and equipment to handle, prepare, and sell fish and shellfish.
  • Safely and hygienic handle, prepare, and market fish and shellfish.
  • Handle problems and complaints in line with corporate rules and procedures.
  • Communicate effectively with clients and colleagues.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship.
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this before taking the end-point assessment.

Assessment methods

The End Point Assessment comprises three distinct assessment methods: 

  • A knowledge test
  • A practical observation
  • Professional dialogue and interview

Duration and level

  • Duration: 24 months
  • Level: 2 – Intermediate Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship standard

More information about the Level 2 Fishmonger Apprenticeship standard can be found here.

Apprenticeship end point assessment

For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.

Updated on October 2, 2022

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