Category: Archive 2015

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 »

A North Wales project that helps get ex-offenders into work has won a major learning award. North Wales Police and North Wales Probation initiative 8Ways to Change Your Life took the project award at the Inspire! Awards as part of Adult Learners’ Week 2015. Through the project, ex-offenders are offered individual work experience with Thorncliffe… Read more »

It has been a memorable year for young Welsh butcher Matthew Edwards since reaching the final of the Vocational Qualification (VQ) Awards in Wales in 2014. Matthew, 23, who works for S. A. Vaughan Family Butchers, Penyffordd, near Chester, has represented Great Britain in a European skills competition in Switzerland and been named Foundation Apprentice… Read more »

The Wales heat of the Butchery WorldSkills UK National Competition was won by North Wales butcher Matthew Edwards on Sunday. Matthew, 23, of Vaughan’s Family Butchers, Penyffordd, near Chester, proved a cut above three rivals in the closely contested heat hosted byRandall Parker Foods at Dolwen, Llanidloes on Sunday. He and the other Welsh butchers… Read more »

Six Welsh butchers will be aiming to show that they are a cut above the rest when they compete in the Wales heat of the Butchery WorldSkills UK National Competition next weekend. Award-winning, Welshpool-based training provider Cambrian Training Company, which has been appointed to organise the butchery competition on behalf of WorldSkills UK, is delighted… Read more »

The Culinary Association of Wales has appointed a new president and secretary to drive forward the membership organisation. Arwyn Watkins, managing director and chairman of Welshpool-based Cambrian Training Company, takes over as president from Colin Gray, managing director of Capital Cuisine, Bedwas, who held the post for two years and now becomes vice president. New… Read more »

Jo Trow is a bartender at the Buck Inn in Newtown, Powys, a Marston’s tenancy run by her sister Emma Rees. Jo has been a part-time worker in pubs from the age of 14, collecting glasses, waitressing and working behind the bar. Having begun her career in the care sector, she realised in 2013, it… Read more »

Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo in Kilgetty has been named as the Best Day Out in Wales 2015 at the National Tourism Awards for Wales. It was also a successful night for other West Wales businesses with Clydey Cottages in Boncath being named as the Best Place to Stay in the self-catering category and… Read more »

Television presenter and Suffolk farmer Jimmy Doherty, of ‘Jimmy’s Farm’ fame, is delighted that talented butchers will have a chance to compete at WorldSkills UK for the first time this year. Doherty is urging butchers not to miss the March 20 deadline to register online to showcase their skills at the WorldSkills UK National Competition.… Read more »

Foundation Apprentice of the Year 2014, Matthew Edwards returned to his roots this week to inspire students at Castell Alun High School in Wrexham. Matthew is part of a team of ‘Apprenticeship Ambassadors’ working with the Welsh Government’s Department for Education and Skills to tour the country encouraging young people to follow the apprenticeship pathway… Read more »