‘Meaty’ career videos shine spotlight on butchery

‘Meaty’ career videos shine spotlight on butchery

Three new videos highlighting the opportunities and benefits of working in Scotland’s butchery sector have been launched this week by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Scottish Craft Butchers (SCB).

Steven Strachan of Strachan Craft Butchers.

The videos, entitled ‘Meaty Careers’, feature four young Scottish butchers from across the country who talk about how they got started in the trade, the training they have undertaken, plus career tips and advice for those thinking of a career in the industry.

Steven Strachan of Strachan Craft Butchers in Blantyre, who appears in one of the videos, said that since becoming a butcher, he’s never looked back. “There is a huge amount to butchery these days,” he commented.

“As well as the more traditional jobs, such as cutting and displaying meat, we also spend a significant proportion of our time preparing value-added and kitchen ready products which really cater for the busy, working customer.

“If you’ve got a keen interest in the food industry and love the thought of working in a fast paced, customer-focussed environment, then I would highly recommend becoming a butcher. It’s been the only career I’ve ever had, and it’s great,” he added.

Erin Conroy of Verstegen Spices & Sauces Ltd, who features in another of the videos, has seen her career take her to international butchery competitions and work placements in Australia.

Erin Conroy of Verstegen Spices & Sauces Ltd

Erin Conroy of Verstegen Spices & Sauces Ltd.

She said: “When I started out training as a butcher I never thought in a few years I would be competing in Australia against some of the world’s top butchers.

“Taking part in the competition and working in Australia was such a fantastic experience and not only did I gain a raft of new skills and contacts, but it also gave me a huge boost in confidence and belief in my abilities.”

QMS and SCB undertake a range of activities throughout the year such as product competitions and awards to showcase the skills, innovation and enthusiasm of the modern-day butcher. These videos further build on a ‘Meaty Careers’ booklet, produced by QMS, which covers career opportunities from farming and animal health to processing and butchery.

Wealth of opportunities

Graeme Sharp, Manager of the Scotch Butchers Club which is run by QMS, said there is a wealth of opportunities for young people thinking about becoming a butcher.

“Scottish butchers are passionate about providing their customers with the best possible locally-sourced meat and those who stock Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and / or Specially Selected Pork can guarantee that their meat has come from selected Scottish farms where animal welfare and high production methods are a priority,” said Mr Sharp.

Graeme Sharp, manager of the Scotch Butchers Club.

“Whether working in a supermarket, an abattoir or a traditional butcher’s shop, through Scottish Meat Training, run by the Scottish Craft Butchers, there are ample opportunities for those looking to grow their career, to develop new skills, and really cut it in butchery,” he added.

Douglas Scott, the chief executive of the Scottish Craft Butchers said: “We wanted to showcase the kind of young people that make our butchery sector tick. Their enthusiasm for our trade is very special and clear for all to see. It is fantastic to see such confidence.

“Training the workforce of the future has never been more important. There are lots of opportunities in this industry and we need to attract young and fresh talent who can really thrive off gaining traditional craft skills. I think these videos are a super way of getting our message across.”

The new videos can be viewed on the QMS website: www.qmscotland.co.uk as well as QMS’s Facebook and YouTube page and the Scottish Craft Butchers Facebook page.

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