Author: Katy Godsell

A unique approach to employment and training by an award winning company, which runs a successful waste and recycling site in North Wales, has been described by a training provider as “inspirational”. Now Thorncliffe Abergele, a family owned company established in Abergele 1987, is in contention to win a major award at the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2015.… Read more »

Apprenticeships in Wales generate more than £1 billion a year for the country’s economy and represent excellent value for money for Welsh Government investment, reveals an important new report. Foundation Apprenticeships (Level 2) generate around £510 million a year and Apprenticeships (Level 3) contribute £500 million to the Welsh economy, says ‘The Value of Apprenticeship… Read more »

A Mid Wales abattoir business, which is using Apprenticeships to help develop and grow a confident, skilled and committed workforce, is in contention to win a major award at the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2015. Randall Parker Foods at Dolwen, Llanidloes, is one of three finalists shortlisted in the Medium-sized Employer of the Year category at… Read more »

A man who has grabbed his second chance with both hands after turning his life around to set the foundations for a career to support his family, is in contention to win a major award at the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2015. Sean Williams, 27, who lives in St Asaph, is one of three finalists shortlisted… Read more »

CHRIS RILEY and PETER RUSHFORTH have been selected to represent the United Kingdom (UK) at the International Young Butcher Competition (IYBC) taking place in Holland later this month. Both twenty two year old Assistant Manager Chris working for WALTER SMITH at the Wyevale Centre in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire and twenty year old Peter from SWANS FARM… Read more »

Talented butchers from England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be seeking to give their rivals the chop in the Butchery WorldSkills UK National Competition final in November. The six top scoring butchers from the combined heats in Wales, Northern Ireland and England are announced today and they will now put their skills to the test… Read more »

Excellence in skills development by learners, employers and learning providers will be showcased as 37 finalists compete for honours in a dozen categories at this year’s prestigious Apprenticeship Awards Cymru. The finalists, selected from a record number of entries as star learners, employers and training providers involved in the delivery of the successful learning programmes… Read more »

Midlands butchers triumph in England heat of WorldSkills UK contest Butchers from Ludlow and Willenhall in the West Midlands are hoping to clinch a place in the Butchery WorldSkills UK National Competition final in November after winning the regional heats for England. John Brereton, 40, butchery manager at the award-winning Ludlow Food Centre in Ludlow… Read more »

Lucy Crawshaw of Taylor’s Farm Shop in Lathom Lancashire is Britain’s best Young Butcher, winning the title of PREMIER YOUNG BUTCHER 2015 by beating six other butcher apprentices at the finals of the PREMIER YOUNG BUTCHER COMPETITION (PYBC) organised by the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) at the MEATUP exhibition at the… Read more »

The Northern Ireland heat of the Butchery WorldSkills UK National Competition was won by Clougher’s Dylan Gillespie last week Dylan, 19, who works for Clougher Valley Meats, Clougher, Tyrone, gave four rivals the chop in the closely contested heat hosted by Southern Regional College, Newry on Thursday, June 18. He and the other Irish and… Read more »