The company will support two students undertaking the Diploma in Aquaculture at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT).
Akaroa Salmon New Zealand managing director Duncan Bates says the company will pay 50 per cent of the course fees for students undertaking year one and year two of the diploma.
He says preference will be given to school leavers in Canterbury and, in particular, on Banks Peninsula.
“We want to encourage young local people into a career in an industry which is rapidly growing in New Zealand and overseas,” Mr Bates says. “There’s a demand for dedicated, qualified people and the diploma represents a great first step.”
The scholarship winners will also get paid employment during semester breaks.
Mr Bates says Akaroa Salmon has partnered with NMIT because the Nelson-Marlborough region is the leading centre of aquaculture in the country and the institute had developed a world-leading programme of study.
NMITs director of marketing and international development Virginia Watson says diploma graduates learn practical skills in fish farming and management and are in demand by employers. “The programme has been developed in consultation with industry so it gives graduates the inside running”