Achievements Rewarded in Meat Industry

Rising stars of the meat industry gathered in London yesterday to celebrate their achievements at a plush awards ceremony at Butchers' Hall, Smithfield.

The annual Worshipful Company of Butchers' Guild and Meat Training Council (MTC) awards mark the achievements of newly qualified meat workers and rewards those who have excelled in their training.

In all, 20 awards were handed out, sponsored by the likes of Quality Meat Scotland, the British Poultry Council and the Meat and Livestock Commission.

The Meat Trades Journal also sponsored an award, the NVQ level 3 in meat and poultry processing award, which went to Anne Colegate (pictured), who works for Afron Dwyor Training Ltd in Wales, assessing students for NVQs.

Winners received engraved mementoes, prize cheques and a year's subscription to MTJ.

Anne said her award meant a lot to her and her employers: "It proves what we're giving to learners we can do ourselves," she said.

Luke Mills won the Paul Edkins memorial cup for apprentice of the year. Luke works for T.W. Hawkins and Son, a farm shop in Frocester. On receiving the award, he said: "It means an awful lot, it was very unexpected."

Anne-Marie Joicey won the RAPS (UK) Ltd NVQ level 2 meat and poultry processing award. She works at a retail butcher's shop and said: "I'm over the moon."

Her employer, Duncan Firth, said: "She won it because she's pretty damn good at what she does!"

All the winners were treated to a dinner of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, and with coffee were given chocolates in the shape of cows.

Bill Jermey, chairman of the MTC, addressed the winners and their families and employers: "We're here to openly recognise the achievements of learners and training centres. This event is made extra special by the surroundings in Butchers' Hall. Just remember, you never stop learning," he said.

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