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How engineering presents development opportunities in the meat industry

For those looking to join the meat industry, there are options beyond cutting. Engineering is a viable way of working in the sector and an opportunity to learn new skills. ABP UK runs an apprenticeship programme for those looking to work as an engineer in the protein industry. 

Royal Welsh Show to highlight best in butchery

A selection of Wales’ most celebrated butchers will be on hand to demonstrate their skills and promote the trade at this year’s Royal Welsh Show. 

Scottish Craft Butchers Fair awards top talent

The cream of Scottish butchers won recognition for their talent and innovative, high quality products at the Scottish Craft Butchers Trade Fair on 14 May.

Blazing the trail in butchery

The first intake of Trailblazer apprentices have completed their final assessment.

Welsh butcher returns from US fact-finding mission

One of Wales’ top young butchers has flown in from San Francisco with a set of new skills he hopes will help bring innovation to north Wales. 

WorldSkills butchery competition adds two new heat venues

The WorldSkills Butchery UK Competition has added two new heats this year for butchers to participate in.

L-R Stephen McAufield, McAufield Family Butchers with chief executive of Butchery Excellence Ireland and bid co-ordinator Rhonda Montgomery and chef Sean Owens
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Ireland to host World Butchers' Challenge 2018

Butchery Excellence Ireland’s bid to host the World Butchers’ Challenge in 2018 has been accepted.

Training standard for abattoirs given the go-ahead

A Level 2 standard for abattoir workers for the red meat sector has been given the thumbs-up for development by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). 

(l-r) Mike Mullan, HR Director Europe, Moy Park along with Jonathan Bell, Northern Ireland Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, and Katharine Strain, Head of Talent and Organisational Development, Moy Park
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Moy Park launches £8m skills programme for staff

Moy Park has unveiled a major £8m investment in a strategic multi-year skills programme. 

AHDB Pork's Sam Bowsher meets Princess Anne
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Royal appointment for AHDB Pork

Sam Bowsher, skills development co-ordinator at AHDB Pork, had an encounter of the royal kind when she met Princess Anne. 

QVC research shows that more women are taking control of the grill
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Barbecue Queens step up to the grill

The art of barbecuing is often a chance for the male sex to show off their culinary skills. However, research shows that Barbecue Queens, or ‘BBQs’, are finding their place on the grill. 

The Butchery Excellence Scheme looks to improve butchers' business skills
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Butchery Excellence Scheme launched to aid business skills

Montgomery Food Consulting has launched the Butchery Excellence Scheme to help butchers improve their business skills. 

Six butchers qualify for Butchery WorldSkills UK National Final

The six top-scoring butchers from the combined heats in Wales, Northern Ireland and England have been announced and will now put their skills to the test in the final at The Skills Show at the NEC Birmingham from 19 to 21 November. 

Lack of butchery apprentices creates skills shortage risk

The meat industry is at risk of a serious skills shortage, according to the managing director of catering butcher Yorkshire Dales Meat Company, who is calling on the new government to implement a clear strategy when it comes to apprenticeships. 

GB team selected for Tri-Nations butchery challenge

Britain’s best butchers are preparing for the Tri-Nations Butchery Challenge, after the GB team was decided in a competition at the International Food and Drink Exhibition (IFE) last month.

Butcher bounce back threatened by lost generation

Butchers are riding the crest of a wave of increasing popularity among consumers, but a lost generation of skills is threatening to derail that momentum.

New website promotes career in food to youngsters

A new website has been launched to attract new talent into food and drink manufacturing and processing.

New butchery skills contest launched

A national skills competition, which aims to drive excellence in the workplace, will now include a butchery tournament for the first time.

Knife skills course launched

Duchy College and Etherington’s Butchery Academy are running a new knife skills course.

Hunt begins for best young Welsh butcher

The Cambrian Training Company, alongside Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), has announced the annual search is on for the best young Welsh butcher.

Government backs new food and drink skills partnership

The government has backed the creation of a new business-driven Industry Skills Partnership for the entire food and drink manufacturing sector in England, according to the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink.

Supply chain firm joins youth unemployment scheme

Gist, a UK supply chain company, has announced it will join the Feeding Britain’s Future campaign to help tackle youth unemployment.

Butchery apprenticeship standard receives government go-ahead

The new butchery apprenticeship standard, developed by a Trailblazer Employer Group, has received ministerial approval after “months of hard work”.

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