Category: Archive 2017

James Taylor has been named the winner of the Leeds heat of the Worldskills butchery competition. The 21-year-old butcher (pictured) from Simpsons Butchers in Lincolnshire, was praised for his hard work ethic. Independent meat consultant and judge Viv Harvey explained that Taylor’s previous experience in the Premier Young Butcher and International Young Butcher competitions allowed him to pick… Read more »

VQ Awards 2017 Redundancy opened the door to a rewarding new career for Julie Mundy who has celebrated the success of her learning journey with a Vocational Qualification (VQ) Award for Wales. Julie Mundy, 52, a mother of three from Minffordd, near Porthmadog was named VQ Learner of the Year (Higher) at the annual awards ceremony held at St David’s… Read more »

Jake Laidlaw of Andrews Quality Meats in Swindon has been named the winner of the Welsh heat of the Worldskills butchery competition. The 25-year-old butcher (pictured) said he was really pleased to place first, considering this was his first year competing in the challenge. He overcame competition from 22-year-old Sam Hughes from Brian Crane Butchers in Hengoed;… Read more »

Dylan Gillespie has won the Northern Irish heat of the Worldskills butchery competition. No stranger to the competition, the young butcher from Clogher Valley Meats in Co Tyrone is hoping to do one better than last year when he made it to the grand final and finished in second place. James Gracey, from Quails of Dromore… Read more »

Apprenticeships form an important part of developing skills and training in the workplace in Wales no matter what sector you are in or how large or small your business is. From April 2017 there will be changes to the way apprenticeships are funded with the UK government introducing the Apprenticeship Levy, which will also impact… Read more »

Recent incidents in the UK have highlighted how radicalisation and extremism can have a profound effect on our communities. But how does this impact on businesses, employers and employees in Wales and how can they be involved in preventing it? We all have a responsibility – a duty of care – to look after our… Read more »

Peter Rushforth’s career decision to opt for an apprenticeship instead of continuing his academic studies in university is paying rich dividends for the 21-year-old butchery star. The multi-award winning butcher from Leeswood, North Wales has just returned from the United States after securing a scholarship from Meat Promotion Wales/Hybu Cig Cymru to study the development… Read more »

Individuals and employers who have excelled in vocational learning and training programmes delivered by one of Wales’ leading training providers were recognised at an awards ceremony last night (Thursday). Twenty-four finalists from across Wales were shortlisted for the new Cambrian Training Company Apprenticeship, Employment and Skills Awards 2017, which were presented at the Royal Welsh… Read more »

Twenty-four finalists have been shortlisted for the new Cambrian Training Company Apprenticeship, Employment and Skills Awards 2017.   The awards, which will be presented in a ceremony at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells on March 8 to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, are designed to celebrate all that is great about training, apprenticeships and… Read more »

The hunt is on once again to find the most skilled butcher in the country. The WorldSkills butchery competition offers an exciting opportunity for butchers of all ages to hone their butchery skills and to demonstrate why they are the nation’s best. Now entering its third year, the competition is an industry-wide event. You do… Read more »