Category: Archive 2016

James Rees and Lili Woollacott had no idea that signing up for the Jobs Growth Wales programme would open up an opportunity to travel to Madagascar to discover how cacao is produced for them to make quality Welsh handmade chocolate. But that’s exactly what happened last month when seven employees of rapidly growing NOMNOM Chocolate… Read more »

Twenty-year-old James Gracey, of Quails of Dromore in Co Down scored the most points in the Northern Irish heat of the WorldSkills butchery challenge. Commenting on his win, the young butcher said this would help him become more confident. “It shows that I’ve learnt new skills and I can bring new skills into the workplace,… Read more »

The second heat of this year’s WorldSkills butchery challenge is taking place in Northern Ireland today. Today’s competition follows last month’s Welsh heat, which saw 16-year-old Hannah Blakey walk away with the most points. The six young butchers that receive the highest marks out of the Welsh, Northern Irish and English heats will qualify for… Read more »

Vocational qualifications are supporting an award winning North Wales recycling company’s ambition to send zero waste to landfill in the future. Thorncliffe, a double winner at last year’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru, has successful waste and recycling sites in Mold and Abergele which are each saving 30,000 tonnes of waste a year from landfill. Now the… Read more »

Sixteen-year-old Hannah Blakely from Leeds City College has been crowned the victor of the Welsh heat of the WorldSkills butchery competition. Blakely beat off tough competition from 19-year-old Peter Rushforth from Swans Farm Shop in Mold, who finished in second position, and runners-up Liam Lewis, aged 28 from Hawarden Estate Farm Shop near Chester and… Read more »

Following on from a successful first year, the WorldSkills butchery competition is returning for 2016. Award-winning apprenticeship training provider Cambrian Training Company has organised the butchery competition on behalf of WorldSkills UK, supported by an Industry Steering Group. Meat Trades Journal is proud to be the exclusive media partner. The competition is made from three… Read more »

Ten finalists have been shortlisted for this year’s Vocational Qualification (VQ) awards, which celebrate the achievements of both learners and employers across Wales. After considering entries from across Wales, the panel of judges had the difficult task of selecting three finalists each for the VQ Higher Learner of the Year and VQ Employer of the… Read more »

An award-winning training company is looking for new business opportunities on both sides of the Welsh border after moving to impressive new headquarters in Welshpool. Cambrian Training Company has centralised its business operations at the 1,100 square feet Ty Cambrian, Unit 10, Offa’s Dyke Business Park where it has plenty of room to grow in… Read more »

James Henshaw of Taylor’s Farm Shop in Lathom, Lancashire is Britain’s best Young Butcher, winning the title of PREMIER YOUNG BUTCHER 2016 by beating seven other elite butcher apprentices at the finals of the PREMIER YOUNG BUTCHER COMPETITION organised by the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) at FOODEX at the National Exhibition… Read more »

Former cabin assistant Darren Brown from Stena Line ferry company in Holyhead is living proof that one of the key themes of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week – “an apprenticeship can take you anywhere” – is true. Since dedicating himself to growing in the business in 1999 with a level three Apprenticeship in Customer Services,… Read more »