Butchery trade receives national recognition

Thanks to the endeavours of learning provider Cambrian Training Company, butchery has been adopted as a WorldSkills UK National Competition. 

“We felt that butchery should be represented to further support and develop learners and trainers, create awareness about the skills, careers and vocational qualifications available to future generations and to raise the profile of the industry to a wider audience on a national platform,” said competition co-ordinator Katy Godsell, Cambrian Training Company’s marketing manager.

The company is now one of two finalists battling it out in the Provider Award for Partnership Working category in the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2015. The accolades commemorate outstanding achievements and those who have contributed to the Welsh economy.

Cambrian Training Company worked across the industry to establish a new butchery competition, which has seen heats in Wales, England and Northern Ireland. As a result, six butchers qualified for the final, which will be held at The Skills Show in Birmingham in November.

The award-winning learning providers believed that the butchery trade deserved recognition at WorldSkills after taking Welsh butchery apprentices to the Skills Show every year since 2011. They achieved this after successfully applying to Find a Future, who are responsible for the WorldSkills competition portfolio. Out of 18, butchery was one of only three to be selected to join the ranks.

Cambrian Training Company is also responsible for the annual Welsh Young Butcher competition. In addition, they deliver apprenticeship frameworks covering several sectors, including hospitality and sustainable resource management.

“We have some truly exceptional apprentices here in Wales and the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru provide a perfect platform for us to celebrate their hard work and achievements,” explained deputy minister for skills and technology Julie James.

She added: “Equally important are the training providers and employers who go the extra mile to support their apprentices. Developing skilled young people is vital for our economy. The Welsh Government is committed to training programmes such as apprenticeships, but investment must be a shared responsibility with the education sector, businesses and individuals.”

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