Scottish farm shop makes most of apprenticeship scheme

Kilnford Farm Shop, near Dumfries, has celebrated Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2014 (19-23 May) by taking another trainee on a Modern Apprenticeship in Meat and Poultry Processing.

The new apprentice, Daniel Earl, 17, from Dumfries, is one of 900 food and drink employees taking Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland each year. Earl’s apprenticeship, delivered by Scottish Meat Training, covers every aspect of his job, including meat preparation, packaging, stock control and customer liaison.

Douglas Scott, chief executive of Scottish Meat Training, said: “Modern Apprenticeships allow people to enter our industry and gain both skills and qualifications, alongside invaluable on-the-job experience while picking up a wage.”

Maurice McMenemy from Kilnford Farm Shop said that a commitment to training had always been a priority, with John Douglas, William Henderson and Derek McKie previously completing Modern Apprenticeships and Campbell Spark currently working towards a Level 3 in Meat and Poultry Processing.

He added: “We recognise that when it comes to developing the next generation of employees we have to ‘grow our own’. Using the Modern Apprenticeship route my business has gained a committed and enthusiastic young person who has great potential to progress further. It is important that my staff have the craft skills that maintains the independent butcher’s distinct advantage.”

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