Butchery WorldSkills competition returns for second year

The search to find the UK’s most talented butcher is back. Now in its second year, the Butchery WorldSkills UK competition hopes to discover the cream of the British butchery industry. 

The contest focuses on all the essential skills required for a successful career as a multi-skilled butcher within the food manufacturing industry, and tests overall skill, innovation, creativity, presentation, work ethic, method and approach to carcase and primal utilisation, waste, and safe and hygienic working practices.

Entrants do not have to hold any qualifications to enter, but they must not have completed higher than a Level 4 in Food Manufacturing Excellence qualifications or the equivalent.

Good knife skills, with a minimum of six months’ practical experience, are required from all applicants.

Regional heats will be held between May and July, with the six top-scoring butchers from across the UK qualifying for the final, taking place at The Skills Show at the NEC Birmingham on 17-19 November.

Award-winning, apprenticeship training provider Cambrian Training Company has organised the butchery competition on behalf of WorldSkills UK, supported by an industry steering group and exclusive media partner Meat Trades Journal. Sponsorship partners include The National Federation of Meat & Food Traders, the Institute of Meat, The Food & Drink Training and Education Council and industry consultant Viv Harvey.

To enter, log on to the www.worldskillsuk.org website. The closing date for applicants is 7 April.

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