How to become a fish frier

You can get into this job through:

  • applying directly
  • specialist courses run by an industry body

Direct Application

You can apply directly for jobs. Experience in catering, food service or customer service will be helpful. Some employers may ask for GCSEs, including English and maths.

Other Routes

You can do specialist food safety and health and safety courses through the National Federation of Fish Friers. They also offer short courses in fish frying and fish and chip shop management.

More Information

Professional and industry bodies

Industry bodies Seafish and the National Federation of Fish Friers have more information about working in the seafood industry.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • customer service skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

Some employers may ask for a food hygiene certificate, although you can often get this on the job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day tasks you may:

  • take stock deliveries from suppliers
  • prepare and cook food
  • serve customers and make up orders
  • take payments
  • change oil in the fryers
  • keep eating and work areas clean and tidy
  • order stock from wholesalers

Working environment

You could work at a restaurant or in a food outlet.

Your working environment may be hot.

Career path and progression

With experience you could become a shop supervisor or manager.

You could also move into catering management or set up your own business.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a fish frier right now.

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Courses In England

Professional Cookery - Level 2

  • Start date: 05 January 2021
  • Location: Blackpool


  • Start date: 30 September 2020
  • Location: HARTLEPOOL

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