Colleagues learn new skills


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This week is National Butchers Week and over the past year our Walkers Deli & Sausage business has been working hard to help colleagues develop new skills in this area.   A new butchery school set up by the business recruited its first seven trainees in July 2020 to undergo a comprehensive six-month butchery training programme. A second cohort started the course in October 2020.

There is a well-reported national shortage of trained butchers. The programme takes recruits on a journey from farm to fork, with colleagues following the whole value stream through curing, slicing and packing so they understand every step of the process.  Cohort 1 have now completed the butchery school programme and are fully fledged trainee butchers.  Walkers Deli & Sausage are now recruiting for a third cohort.

Feedback from the trainees has been very positive and the business is also just about to launch a Level 2 Butchery Apprenticeship.

“I joined because I love seeing where food comes from and am interested in the food industry. I also love that you can learn from all the other butchers, asking questions and the continuous learning and well as understanding the wider perspective.”  Tim, butchery school trainee

I am thoroughly enjoying my new role and it has boosted my confidence enormously. I now feel I am part of a team that is contributing to a larger purpose. I am a key worker and feel proud that I am helping feed the nation. The company has encouraged me and is supporting me through my training and offering me lots of encouragement for personal and professional development. I like the people I work with and there are good opportunities to develop.” Ethan, butchery school trainee

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