Papa’s in Castleford is used to dishing up award-winning fish and chips but now the brothers who run it are to serve as ambassadors to the seafood industry.
The Papadamou family behind the Carlton Street chippy have been chosen to help with The World is Your Oyster campaign, which encourages young people to take up jobs in the seafood industry.
The initiative, which has been launched by Seafish, aims to capture the imagination of people aged between 16 and 24 who are trying to secure their first step on the career ladder.
Brothers George, 24, and Dino Papadamou, 25, are joint partners in the family business, which was set up 50 years ago by their grandfather.
They said: “The fish and chip industry has always attracted us, even from a young age. When the opportunity arose to join our family business we jumped at the chance and haven’t looked back since.
“For us there’s also an element of diversity in our role, a modern day fish frier does far much more than the name might suggest. We have designed websites, marketing material, company promotions, undergone training courses and took on and managed seafood apprentices.
“Recently we were named as Young Fish Frier of the Year finalists as part of Drywites search for the best young fish friers in the country. This was a great achievement and came alongside our new restaurant in Hull being shortlisted as one of the UK’s top five fish and chip restaurants in the National Fish and Chip Awards.
“There are numerous perks to working in the sector, aside from the delicious fish and chips, the role is also very well paid. Fish frying is actually recognised as a skill within the industry and highly experienced fish friers can expect to be paid above the average living wage.”
Trade body Seafish believes the unique perks of the job may lure young people in to the industry.
There is the potential to travel the world promoting seafood or learn survival skills while working on a fishing vessel. Other benefits are competitive wages, the variety of roles, apprenticeship and training options where people can ‘learn as you earn’ and quick career progression. Seafish has made a short film and drawn up case studies to highlight the diversity of roles from boat to plate.
See www.seafish.org/training/careers for more.