Author: Katy Godsell

Talented butchers across Wales are sharpening their knives as they prepare to put their skills to the test in the nation’s top butchery competition at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Builth Wells next month. Winner of the contest, on Tuesday, November 27, will win the coveted Welsh Butcher of the Year title together with a cheque for £130. The runner up will receive £70 and all the finalists will receive a… Read more »

An ambition to be the best in its sector encouraged a West Wales catering butchery and meat processing company to establish an in-house training academy to grow its own skilled workers. Celtica Foods, a division of Welsh independent food service wholesaler Castell Howell Foods based in Cross Hands, near Llanelli, has trained 45 apprentices over the past… Read more »

Launching an Apprenticeship Programme five years ago has improved productivity, workforce engagement and staff retention at Mainetti, which has a multi-national workforce of more than 200. Wrexham-based Mainetti reuses, recycles and redistributes garment hangers for major retailers, handling around one million hangers a day. The company pioneered hanger recycling on behalf of its customers in the… Read more »

Five talented butchers from across the UK will be contesting the final of the prestigious Butchery WorldSkills UK competition in November. The butchers earned their places in the final at The Skills Show at the NEC Birmingham from November 15-17 after impressing judges at regional heats for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The line-up sees two finalists each from Wales and Northern Ireland and… Read more »

Small North Wales family business Lelo Skip Hire, which has seen its turnover double since recruiting its first apprentice four years ago, is in the running for a prestigious national award. Oswyn Jones, who runs the Corwen-based company, took on his 16-year-old son Daniel initially on the Jobs Growth Wales programme in 2014. Daniel has… Read more »

Businesses looking to recruit apprentices or use the Apprenticeships Programme in Wales to upskill their workforce can now access a new service for employers. The National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW), which represents more than 100 learning providers across Wales, has appointed a team of specialists to make it easier for employers to engage with… Read more »

Two experienced Welsh chefs will be on a mission to save their country’s culinary heritage and traditions when they attend the World Heritage Cuisine Summit and Food Festival in India later this year. Gareth Johns, head chef at The Wynnstay Hotel, Machynlleth and Chris Bason, head of the hospitality business unit at Cambrian Training Company,… Read more »

One of Wales’ top training providers has strengthened its team to deliver a “digital solution” which will see a more streamlined approach to its administration and data collection processes. Alex Hogg, the new management information analyst at Welshpool-based Cambrian Training Company, is devising the solution in response to the Born Digital initiative for work-based learning… Read more »

A woman with more than 20 years of leadership experience within the work-based learning sector across the UK has been appointed the chief operating officer at one of Wales’ top training providers. Faith O’Brien steps up from a consultancy role to the new position at Welshpool-based Cambrian Training Company, which has regional offices in Llanelli,… Read more »

This year’s prestigious Apprenticeship Awards Cymru will be contested by 31 star employers, learners and learning providers from across Wales. Judges had a difficult task selecting the finalists from the many entries in 11 award categories. The winners will be announced at a high-profile awards ceremony at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport on November 9. The… Read more »