Apprentice collaboration for sustainable future – butchers needed!

Apprentice collaboration for sustainable future – butchers needed!

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, Aubrey Allen, the well-known and award winning National Catering butcher, is hosting and facilitating an event for apprentice farmers, butchers and chefs on 8th March in Coventry.

A group photo from last year's after the 'hands on butchery session'.

A group photo from last year’s event.

Starting at 9.30am and finishing at 2.30pm, the day includes lunch and goody bags for participants. It is also free to attend and full details are available upon enquiry.

Lucianne Allen.

The idea came from Aubrey Allen’s Agricultural Intern, Rachel Barnwell who joined Aubrey Allen in September 2017 on an internship and found that the way butchers view the meat and how farmers from her community viewed meat varied widely.

Lucianne Allen of Aubrey Allen commented: “We loved this idea that came from a creative thinking session. The vision is that if farmers, chefs and butchers all work together from the start, breeding meat for the plate with optimum flavour and ethics and minimum waste, that this will lead to a more sustainable future.

It is also gives them connections to industry and their peers from day one. If any meat bodies/organisations would like to put any literature in the goody bags they are very welcome. “

Rachel Barnwell speaking with students at the 2018 event.

Rachel Barnwell added: “Last year was fantastic. The students went away truly inspired having done some hands on butchery, they worked together to look at how they can drive more apprentices to the sector and put food, farm and butchery on the curriculum.

“We had inspiring speakers and this year is shaping up to be even better. We have a full quota of farmers and chefs, what we really need is more butchers! The minister for Apprenticeships is appraised of the day and is interested in coming, but yet to be confirmed.”

If you are interested in joining the Big Apprentice Day or would like any more information email:

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