A Dunbia employee has beaten off competition from across the UK to be named Best Meat Processing Student by the Institute of Meat and the Worshipful Company of Butchers.
Craig Cowan from Fivemiletown, who has just completed the Dunbia Butchery Academy Apprenticeship programme was awarded the prize at a prestigious luncheon in London.
Steven Dobson, Butchery Academy Manager, Dunbia congratulated Craig on his achievement: “On behalf of everyone at Dunbia, I would like to congratulate Craig on this tremendous achievement. Craig joined Dunbia straight from school and has embraced both the company and scheme and has become a talented butcher showing excellent potential for the future.”
The Dunbia Butchery Academy programme is a mixture of on and off the job training with 1-2-1 tuition and group learning activities carried out by experienced and dedicated BA trainers. “Dunbia prides itself on our award-winning Butchery Academy which gives young trainees a structured apprenticeship programme with long-term career prospects,” adds Steven. “This is the third time Dunbia Butchery Academy Apprentices have won a national award which is a reflection on the individual candidates and also on the calibre of the apprenticeship programme we offer.”
Craig has just completed his Level 2 PBQ in Meat and Poultry Industry Skills at the Dunbia Butchery Academy in Dungannon and is now a fully trained butcher working in Dunbia’s Boning Hall. “It was a big surprise and an honour to receive this award,” added Craig, “but I would have to give credit to the Dunbia Butchery Academy programme and my trainers, Steven Dobson, Glenn Patterson and Brian Ferguson who gave me the best possible training. I would definitely recommend the Dunbia Butchery Academy to other young people.”
Craig received his award from the Deputy Master of the Worshipful Company of Butchers. Following the award ceremony, the Institute of Meat Chief Executive, Keith Fisher said: “It’s great to see such able young people coming through and being recognised. What is more, it’s even more rewarding to see that over the years many previous recipients of these Awards have gone on to great success either managing businesses or owning them, and of course achieving top jobs in various sectors throughout the industry.”
Dunbia’s Butchery Academy was recently lauded by Dr Bill McGinnis, the outgoing Northern Ireland Adviser on Employment and Skills who commented: “I have seen some excellent apprenticeship programmes being developed locally with the Butchery Academy at Dunbia in Dungannon being a good example.”