Butchery apprentice reform consultation now open

Led by employers including Morrisons, Faccenda and Aubrey Allen, a butchery apprentice consultation is now open for two weeks, as a major apprenticeship redesign is set to replace current frameworks in 2015.

To ensure the new standard meets the needs of the sector, businesses are being asked to have their say before 30 May. The consultation is in the form of questionnaire, supported by a review of the proposed butchery apprenticeship standard, available at http://www.foodtraining.org.uk/butchery-consultation/.

Lucianne Allen, chair of the steering group and sales and marketing director at Aubrey Allen, said: “This is an exciting part of the project, and I strongly encourage butchery businesses and other stakeholders to get involved. It is important that the wider sector have their say now to help us finally shape these standards before they are set in stone.”

The employers leading the redesign are calling for the butchery sector and key stakeholders to get involved and give their views on the essential knowledge, skills and behaviours that a butcher should display on completion of a vocational programme.

Andrew Brodie, HR director at Faccenda, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this once-in-a-generation initiative. It is vital that our industry has a steady stream of well-qualified people to ensure that the UK can continue to compete successfully with the rest of the world. I urge businesses to get involved in the consultation to guarantee that it meets the needs of our industry now and in the future.”

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