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Brenda O’Riordain, regional officer at BIM.

Brenda O’Riordain, regional officer at BIM.

Brenda O’Riordain, regional officer at BIM.

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Individuals from County Wexford who are working in the blue economy, those who want to develop their career or those who would like start to work in the blue economy are being urged to apply for training grants of up to €10,000 available under the €25 million Brexit Blue Economy Enterprise Scheme, which is being administered by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM).

The blue economy covers a wide range of economic activities within coastal communities such as fisheries, aquaculture, and tourism.

As well as providing funding of up to €200,000 for capital projects, the recently launched Brexit Blue Economy Enterprise Scheme also provides funding of up to €10,000 per applicant for skills development and training.

With many courses starting in the autumn, people can visit bim.ie to learn more about the grants that are available for skills and development.

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Brenda O’Riordain, regional officer at BIM, said having the right skills and training can help businesses manage change and the growing need to be more flexible and adaptable within today’s blue economy.

“One of the certainties for anyone working today is the need to be able to adapt to change. For example, having digital skills is increasingly important for many seafood and other blue economy businesses, as more transactions move online.

“This is just one example of where an individual could really enhance their skills for the benefit of themselves and the wider coastal community.”

The Brexit Blue Economy Enterprise Scheme, an initiative of the Government, aims is to help address economic and social impact of the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union for businesses operating in the blue economy and located in communities within 10km of the coastline.

The Scheme has a €25 million budget available in 2022 and 2023, funded under the EU Brexit Adjustment Reserve.


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