Butchery apprenticeship standard receives government go-ahead

The new butchery apprenticeship standard, developed by a Trailblazer Employer Group, has received ministerial approval after “months of hard work”.

The Butchery Trailblazer Employer Group, made up of representatives from companies including Morrisons, Aubrey Allen, Fairfax Meadow, Bernard Matthews and Tulip, saw its new standard formally published on 20 August after the ministerial approval.

The standard will replace current frameworks as part of the government’s employer-driven Trailblazer Strategy.

Skills minister Nick Boles said: “Since 2010 there have been 1.8 million apprenticeship starts and the Butchery Trailblazer is leading by example in the development and delivery of high-quality apprenticeships that give people the chance of successful careers and help businesses get the skills they need to grow.”

Lucianne Allen, chair of the Trailblazer group and sales and marketing director of Aubrey Allen, said: “This new standard will be responsive to the needs of our industry, meaning that each apprentice we train will have the skills, knowledge and behaviours we require. Our business is very much looking forward to the new standard coming into effect in 2015.”

The Food and Drink Training and Education Council (FTC), which supported the group, also offered its congratulations. Chief executive Bill Jermey said: “We are delighted to receive this announcement today, it is testimony to the hard work which the employer-led group has put into this reform.

“Today is a real milestone for the sector, one which will have a strong and positive impact on the future of the industry in terms of the way in which we can develop the skills and knowledge of young butchers. At FTC we welcome the new approach to apprenticeships that the government is taking. And we could not be more pleased with the quality of this new butchery standard. Very well done to all involved.”

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