By addressing the skills requirements within the seaweed industry, the Seaweed Academy aims to increase the UK’s position as a global innovation leader. The integrated approach to skills development ensures the workforce is well equipped for all aspects of seaweed cultivation, ensuring optimal growth of this new and crucially important sector for the UK economy.
A network of over 35+ staff and researchers, including internationally recognised leaders in this field, are involved in the development of the Seaweed Academy and its course content. The courses being developed will be a delivery of a mix of academic course material, practical seaweed nursery and on-farm knowledge.
The Seaweed Academy is for individuals and businesses looking to improve their technical knowledge or gain accreditation in required skills for cultivating seaweed. The project aids the expansion of existing operations for project partners, as well as supporting seaweed farmers and jobs throughout this important low carbon value chain. It will also play a key role in the wider UK context for direct and indirect beneficiaries as the seaweed industry grows around the coastline, particularly in rural areas with Argyll & Bute recognised as a centre of excellence in this field.
The market benefits of the Seaweed Academy include, but are not limited to:
• Stimulating the growth of UK seaweed aquaculture from individuals and community groups to large commercial organisations;
• Growing opportunities in high volume (e.g. animal feed), as well as high value markets (e.g. pharmaceuticals);
• Increasing competitiveness of UK products globally;
• Increased bioremedation benefits against eutrophication, improving the circularity of nutrients in Scottish coastal waters
Watch this space, good things are coming