A new opportunity for ambitious butchers

Feb 20 2015

A butchery competition will be held for the first time in the history of a major event that puts people’s skills to the test.

Butchers of all ages from across the country can now register for the national WorldSkills UK competition for a chance to demonstrate excellence in their trade.

Organised by Cambrian Training Group on behalf of WorldSkills UK, and supported by an Industry Steering Group consisting of Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC), the competition will focus on all the essential skills that are required to be a successful butcher.

Innovation, creativity, presentation and the competitors’ approach to tasks will also be considered.

“This is the first year that butchery will be included as one of more than 60 skills to feature in the competition,” said Melanie Hughes, HCC’s Market Development Officer. “Designed by industry experts, the competition will assess a butcher’s skills and techniques as well as practical qualities that are important to employers. These include team work, time management and working to deadlines.

“We would encourage all butchers to enter WorldSkills UK as it’s a fantastic opportunity for them to showcase their talent and raise the profile of a highly-skilled craft.”

Entries will be received until 20 March. Regional heats will take place between April and July and six butchers will be selected from across the UK to compete in the final.

The Skills Show, where the final round will take place, will be held at the NEC Birmingham from 19-21 November 2015. It is the UK’s largest skills and careers event.

For more information and to register for the competition, visit the website:

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