Scottish butcher addresses youngsters on job prospects

A West Lothian butcher has helped Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) raise awareness of careers in the meat industry during a Skills Scotland event.

John Harvey, from Hugh Black and Sons butchers helped QMS educate youngsters to jobs in the meat industry at the event in Glasgow, attended by more than 3,000 14- to 19-year-olds. As well showcasing his butchery skills, Harvey explained the various types of job roles throughout the meat supply chain.

“It has been great to talk to such a large number kids about careers and also get them involved in a fun, hands-on activity like making fresh Scotch Beef burgers,” said John.

“Even if some of the kids who visit the stand have other career aspirations, by listening to one of today’s demonstrations they will go home with an increased knowledge about what a butcher does on a day-to-day basis and the importance of locally-sourced meat.”

QMS also published a ‘Meat Careers’ booklet for visitors to take home, at the events in Scotland’s three biggest cities – Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Jim McLaren, chairman of QMS, commented on the opportunity the events hold. “With around 50,000 jobs in Scotland linked to the production of beef, lamb and pork, the Scottish red meat industry has a huge amount to offer the younger generation.”

“These events offer a fantastic opportunity to educate youngsters about the quality and traceability which underpin the Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork brands, as well as inspiring them to think about a future career in the red meat industry.”

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