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Training in eight languages

Around two hundred of HB Grandi’s staff at Reykjavík and Akranes factories are currently attending extra courses for fish production staff, with courses taking place this and next week. The courses are held in Icelandic language, but with many of the company’s staff having origins overseas, the course material is translated into seven other languages.

According to Bergur Einarsson, who oversees HB Grandi training courses, the company has held basic fish production training for 26 years, but this is the first time that additional courses have been held at Reykjavík and Akranes. Basic and additional courses were held for HB Grandi’s staff at Vopnafjördur in the spring, as in the 2011 agreements between employers and unions one of the points raised was to establish additional courses for staff who have completed the basic training.

Bergur Einarsson said that Sýni Research Services has been contracted to provide ten-hour courses that cover quality and security in food production, as well as quality and fish handling from catching to production, and environmental matters. In addition, and four-hour course in building personal strengths is held. Around 140 people are on the course in Reykjavík, plus sixty at Akranes.

‘For staff to get the most from these courses we prefer to keep to no more than 25 people on each course. As staff come from many different parts of the world, we need to take this into account and people who share a language tend to attend in smaller groups. We have interpreters to translate the course material, and this time we are translating courses into English, Polish, Lithuanian, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Portuguese,’ Bergur Einarsson explained, adding that due to the number of people involved, courses are run simultaneously in three places. Courses are held at the Nordurgardur factory in Reykjavík, in Akranes and in three meeting rooms at the Víkin marine museum in Reykjavík.