Having finally recovered from last week’s participation at the World Skills Show it is clear what a fantastic event it was for all. With thousands of people from all backgrounds and all sectors coming together to showcase their industries; it truly was a fantastic few days.
Our team attended the Show at the NEC Birmingham from the 17-19th November to take our place on the Butchery Showcase alongside Cambrian Training. They were joined by Apprentices from some of our clients who include: Aubrey Allen, Robin Maycock Butchers and Bakers, Walter Smith Fine Foods,The Gogs Farm Shop, Mettricks Butchers and Chase Farm. These apprentices represented both their employer and our industry professionally and really are the future of Butchery!
Throughout the 3-Day Event our apprentices showcased their Butchery skills and how much they have learnt. Whether it be the setting up of the Display counters or the Lamb Carcass primary, secondary and artisan butchery showcase; they were drawing the crowds into the stand and showing people the fantastic level of skills that our Butchers have.
We received lots of positive feedback about what we were doing at the show and also the way in which our apprentices interacted and engaged with the Public.
Of course, the point of the Skills Show is to showcase the different industries on offer and to do this in a fun engaging way. We certainly had the fun element as we let members of the public have a go themselves; allowing them to test their skills in Sausage Making, which created some very interestingly shaped Sausages!
Overall throughout the 3 Days we not only showcased what a fantastic industry Butchery is, we also showed just how good apprenticeships can be for young people. Our very own Chris Riley, an International Butcher who won Premier Young Butcher 2014 and IOM Apprentice of the Year 2015 , attended the Skills show having been an apprentice and is now a Shop Manager at Walter Smith Fine Foods. Again more proof that apprenticeships really are a fantastic way to get into the industry you are interested in and show what you can do. Finally Congratulations again to all of those involved and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.