BUTCHERS NEWS CASE STUDY Trainee butcher John Thornton was named the Adjudged Best Stu-
dent for the Intermediate Certificate in Meat and Poultry Award at the Institute of Meat and Meat Training Council Annual Awards 2010 during his Level 2 Butchery Apprenticeship with Leeds City College. John, 21, said he opted for an Apprenticeship and felt they were
Kyle Mottram (centre) collecting his Leeds City College award for Meat Technology Apprentice of the Year 2011, with Principal and Chief Executive Peter Roberts and TV broadcaster Christa Ackroyd.
Training that’s a cut above the rest
Leeds City College prides
itself on its reputation for provid- ing a broad base of education and training within the meat, poultry and related meat industries. With over 50 years’ experi-
ence, the College’s meat technol- ogy department, based at its Thomas Danby Campus, is one of only a few in the country with purpose-built, high level industry standard facilities.
Craft and technical skills are taught at Danby’s Butchers, part of its commercial deli operation which utilises meat products sourced from local suppliers. Excellent on-site facilities, combined with outstanding levels of staff expertise and experience, enable the College, the UK’s third largest Further Education estab- lishment, to deliver high quality training at all levels both on-site and working in industry alongside independent family butchers and large scale food manufacturers. Courses cover a wide range
of butchery and meat processing skills at all levels and range from IPQ / IVQ courses and apprentice- ships to short courses and master classes for the general public, chefs and meat companies. The College’s Butchery ap-
prenticeship was introduced last year and is going from strength to strength, with 25 apprentices cur- rently on the Level 2 programme
The College has close links with the industry, with current and past employer clients including Asda, Tesco and Morrisons, Q Guild of Butchers and the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders.
The College has recently en-
tered into an innovative partner- ship with leading Italian manufacturer Stagionello @ and distributors W. Weschenfelder & Sons Ltd to become the UK sole contact and training provider for its new drying cabinet which en- ables small scale artisan salami production.
The high calibre of training
provided by Leeds City College is acknowledged by its National Skills Academy status for Food Manufac- ture and Hospitality & Catering, which include the meat technology provision, as well as regular accolades received from the Wor- shipful Company of Butchers and the Meat Training Council and Insti- tute of Meat Awards. The College was most recently awarded Training Scheme of the Year for
recognised in the industry as providing ‘on-the-job’ training. He combines working for Thorntons Butchers of Easingwold while also attending college. “It allows me to develop at my own pace and the working partner-
ship between the College and my employer enables me to get an all round good basic knowledge of both the industry and practical skills,”
butcher’s shop. “Employers recognise the need
to have well trained, knowledge- able employees and we have re- ceived feedback on how the apprenticeship programme is bene- fitting the development of their trainees,” said Curriculum Leader Chris Moorby.
John Thornton receiving his Intermediate Certificte from HRH The Princess Royal at the recent award ceremony.
APOLOGY Food Trader both acknowledges and regrets the absence of detail with
regard to an advert printed on the back page of the July 2011 issue and apologises to the Dalesman group for any negative impact caused by this to the company’s reputation. The correct advert is printed on the back page of this issue.
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and an additional eight, who have progressed on to the Level 3 programme. All are employed at local butchers and farm shops, with two apprentices working full-time at the College in its commercial
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