Red meat industry careers highlighted by new poster

A new poster delivered by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland illustrates the careers available within the Scottish red meat industry. 

The purpose of ‘The Red Meat Journey Career Path Poster’ is to raise awareness among young people about the range of careers available within the industry.

All career opportunities are covered including: on-farm, auction marts, abattoirs, butchers and retailers, processors and manufacturers, and restaurants. The poster will be displayed at career events and school workshops and will be distributed to every secondary school in Scotland over the coming weeks.

According to Jennifer Robertson, QMS health and education coordinator, over 50,000 jobs are linked to the production of beef, lamb and pork in Scotland.

“Scotland produces world-renowned brands – Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork – but the future of these fantastic products depends on the skills, enthusiasm and commitment of those who work in our industry,” commented Robertson.

“We hope that this poster will increase awareness of the red meat sector in Scotland and the exciting career opportunities that are on offer within it.”

Lisa Finnigan, winner of Meat Trades Journal’s Young Butcher of the Year award 2015, at Davidsons Specialist Butchers at Inverurie, encouraged young people to consider a job in butchery as well as the wider Scottish red meat industry.

“I started off working in the bakery department here at Davidsons and then I trained to become a fully qualified butcher,” said Finnigan.

“Since then, my career has gone from strength to strength. I thoroughly enjoy what I do and I’ve achieved things I’m really proud of.”

Moira Stalker, national co-ordinator for FDF Scotland’s Schools Programme, added: “We’re delighted to work in partnership with QMS on this resource. There are so many job opportunities available in the food and drink manufacturing industry, including: science, product development, engineering, marketing, nutrition and design.

“This poster will help youngsters understand where their food comes from, how it’s produced and the variety of careers involved.”

The poster is available for free download at www.qmscotland.co.uk and www.fdfscotland.org.uk. Hard copies can be requested by contacting QMS on 0131 472 4040 or info@qmscotland.co.uk.

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