Minister’s seal of approval for young butchers

Employment minister Esther McVey stopped in at Tulip’s Dukinfield site in Cheshire to meet two young butchery talents.

Liam Crossley and Chris Tomlinson have just completed butchery apprenticeships with the food producer as part of the company’s ‘Talent for the New Generation’ programme.

McVey acknowledged the youngsters’ hard work after achieving their NVQ Level 2 qualifications, spending over a year learning the traditional art of butchery.

The minister said: “All young people should hold on to their dreams of what they want to become – but the way to get there is by firstly getting your foot in the door so you can then work your way up, and apprenticeships are a great way of doing just that.”

Liam and Chris have now been rewarded with full-time careers at Tulip.

Kirsty Wilkins, Tulip’s group HR director said: “I’m delighted that Esther McVey took time out of her busy schedule to recognise the hard work that Liam and Chris have put in to completing their apprenticeships and look forward to welcoming many more young people to a career in the food industry.

“Tulip currently employs over 8,000 people in the UK and is committed to offering young people a wide range of apprenticeship and training opportunities across our 17 operating locations.”

Tulip is set to offer a further 14 young people the opportunity to enrol in their butchery apprenticeship programme at an event next week in partnership with Tameside College.

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