August 10, 2022


Scotland, UK-based aquaculture centre appoints new head of skills and talent



The Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has appointed Jillian Couto-Phoenix to serve as SAIC's new head of skills and talent, with the task of leading the Scotland, UK-based organisation's career-development programmes to help attract new talent to the sector.


Couto-Phoenix joins SAIC from the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, where she was a programme manager for the National Transition Training Fund, focusing on upskilling and training to meet the industry's digital transformation, net-zero and sustainability skills requirements.


Since 2019, she has also been an innovation consultant, helping academics bridge the gap between research and innovation, as well as delivering workshops for masters- and doctoral-level researchers.


In her role with SAIC, Couto-Phoenix will oversee the innovation center's training, leadership and sector engagement programmes. She will work closely with aquaculture professionals, colleges and universities on skills initiatives, as well as the development of SAIC's support for internships, graduates and master's students.


"Aquaculture offers so many fantastic career opportunities and I hope to support this further," said Couto-Phoenix. "With sustainability becoming ever more important to the aquaculture sector, I'm keen to share my knowledge and help develop and deliver support for the current aquaculture workforce as well as the next generation of talent coming through."


SAIC chief executive officer Heather Jones said the role was crucial to matching the needs of the sector with new talent starting careers in aquaculture.


"Jillian's knowledge will be particularly invaluable in meeting the needs of both the sector and our academic institutions," Jones said. "She will also hold an important role in supporting integration of skills across projects and knowledge exchange activities within SAIC."


- SeafoodSource

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