Butchery academy renews deal for Jamie Oliver apprentices

Etherington’s Butchery Academy has renewed its partnership with Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall Apprentice Programme, providing butchery training to Jamie’s young students.

The academy, in Wheal Rose, Scorrier, Cornwall, is set to welcome its third group of students from Fifteen.

Fifteen Cornwall is a restaurant that seeks to change the lives of young unemployed people in the county, while Etherington’s is an academy set up “to safeguard the traditional skills of butchery and to educate students, chefs and foodies in the art of handling meat and knives”.

The renewed partnership will see 14 apprentices partake in two days of free training at Etherington’s, which will culminate in Edexcel qualifications in meat handling and knife skills for the students.

Managing director Mark Etherington said: “We are pleased to be able to offer the Fifteen Cornwall students this opportunity to learn about butchering meat and knife handling. This will be invaluable training for them as they progress through their careers as chefs.

“We are proud to be supporting local people and this local organisation once more. A good knowledge of meat and different cuts, as well as how to use different knives with artistry and skill, will no doubt enhance the students’ success and growth as chefs.”

While the two organisations have worked together previously, this the first time the students will have the Knife Skills element added into their training.

Training and development chef of Fifteen Cornwall Karl Jones said: “This is a great partnership that adds true value to our Jamie Oliver Apprentice Programme. Past graduates who have been through the Etherington’s Butchery Academy have found it fun, informative and, above all, a qualification gained for life. Thank you for your continued support of our charity.”

The Brian Etherington Meat Co has been supplying Cornwall with meat since 1954, and established its academy in 2013.

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