National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week 2022 is the 15th annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships with the aim to build the future'; reflecting on how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and businesses to develop a talented workforce that is equipped with future-ready skills.

Turnbull’s recently annocued that Rob Darling, 19, has now become a fully qualified butcher after completing two years industry training under the watchful eye of Turnbull’s master butcher, Peter McEwan.

He has since gone on to win ‘Young Butcher of the Year’ in 2020, as the inaugural winner of the coveted title, open to all aged under 24 and introduced for the first time to both recognise and reward the industry’s rising stars.

In the short time Rob has been with us, the business has evolved arguably more than at any other point than in the previous 140 years we have been trading. He has met the changes superbly and with a terrific attitude. He has worked across all three of our sites and excelled at each. He is predominantly based at the cutting plant, where we are developing his knife skills, having him working on pork, lamb and beef whole carcasses. He has a great level of confidence and competence when he is set a task.

Turnbull’s are also now looking to recruit another apprentice to follow in Rob’s footsteps.

The successful candidate, working alongside its experienced team of master butchers both in the shop and cutting and processing unit, will be given the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to become a fully qualified butcher and to develop skill sets that will allow them to become one of the country’s best young apprentice butchers, competing in national competitions.

Butchery apprenticeships have transformed in recent years, with the introduction of new apprenticeship based on ‘standards’ raising the bar on training in the meat industry. MEAT offers Certificates, Awards and a full range of apprenticeships to butchers across the UK.


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