Aubrey Allen pays visit to Number 10

A representative from Aubrey Allen met with George Osborne at 10 Downing Street last week, as part of a trade mission to bridge the skills gap across the meat industry.

The Coventry-based butcher, along with a number of leading employers in the UK, is looking to address the skills gap issue by transforming the apprenticeship system for butchers in the UK, and has been tasked with developing a new training standard for apprentices entering the trade.

The visit to Number 10 coincided with the end of National Apprenticeship Week (3-7 March), and followed Prime Minister David Camerons announcement of the second phase of Trailblazer groups earlier that week.

The initiative includes 29 new groups covering areas for apprentices, such as health, law, media, hospitality and tourism, and involves more than 340 employers.

The new standard for butchery will build on the work of the Phase 1 Trailblazer in food and drink manufacturing.

Lucianne Allen, head of marketing, represented the butchers at the meeting with Osborne, who stepped in to host after Cameron was called away to Brussels for an EU emergency summit on the situation with Russia and Ukraine.

Allen said: The visit to Downing Street marks a very exciting lifetime experience that reflects the progress that Aubrey Allen has made in developing its own apprenticeship programme over the past year. As a family business we are hugely proud to be using our knowledge and experience to set new training standards for the industry as a whole.

The opportunity to work with other leading UK employers within the food and drink industry represents a unique experience and will inevitably provide a fresh thinking approach towards training apprentices in the meat industry.

She said that apprenticeships were a great way of ensuring the sector had a skilled workforce in the future, and was the best way to train and develop your talent while inspiring loyalty and driving ambition.

Other organisations involved in developing the new butchery standard include: ABP, Bernard Matthews, Cranswick, Cranstons Quality Butchers, Faccenda, Fairfax Meadow, J W Mettrick, John Taylor, Morrisons, Two Sisters and Walter Smith Fine Foods.

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