York Gild of Butchers names Apprentice Butcher of the Year

A Leeds City College student has been named as the Apprentice Butcher of the Year 2016 by the York Gild of Butchers. 

Twenty-seven-year-old Nathan Redford, from Goole, was awarded with the accolade ahead of three other students from the college. Redford has finished his Level 2 Proficiency in Meat & Poultry Processing and is undertaking his Level 3 qualification at the college.

To be crowned best Apprentice Butcher, the student had to submit a personal statement, undergo a formal interview and demonstrate his skills in a portfolio. Judges praised his perception of the industry and ambitions for the future.

“He displayed excellent technical knowledge and it was clear that he had put a lot of research and time into his statement,” said Dave Clapham, education and training advisor of the Gild. “Nathan does not have a background in the meat industry, but he has more than proved himself with his passion and eagerness to learn.”

This is the second year that the Gild has run this award, which is open to all colleges and training organisations to submit apprentice students employed in the Yorkshire area.

Speaking of his future, Redford said: “I would like to have my own shop one day and have ambitions to be in the Q Guild. I would like to be recognised as an industry leader, where I can influence and inspire new generations coming into the industry.”

Redford is the second Leeds City College student to win the award. James Richardson, butchery lecturer at the college, said he hoped this success would continue. “Nathan is a great example of a mature student who has shown immense personal development. He is a popular member of the group and his knowledge of livestock is exceptional.”

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