Dunfermline Athletic

2016 Training Partner of the Year

In association with SQA
This category is for the Employer/Business who has engaged with Scottish Meat Training and the assessors to maximise the potential of their apprentices.

Winner: Ian Anderson, Andersons Butchers Ltd, Whiteness, Shetland ZE2 9LJ

This was one of the first companies I dealt with in the Northern Isles back in 2001 when I started with Scottish Meat Training.

Since day one, Ian Anderson has been totally committed to training and supporting his staff, giving them the tools that they need to develop themselves and in turn the business.

This has included trainees achieving a Federation Diploma, three L3s, eight L2s, five Craftsman Certificates and also having two current L3s ongoing.

Under the guidance of manager Jurgens Joubert (MA of the Year Award Winner in 2013) they have put in place a programme which encourages all staff to continually develop and make suggestions for improvements, helping to shape their ideas into improvements for the business. By doing this the staff are more invested in the business and the "Anderson family" and they all pull in the same direction.

Jurgens and Ian (pictured above) are always available to talk to and taking interest in the days’ proceedings, heading off problems before they occur whenever possible.

They are regularly working in one of the business premises in a hands on manner and therefore seen as "one of the boys".

Nominated by John Farquhar

Finalist: Andrew Hornall, Falleninch Farm Butchers, Dumbarton Road STIRLING FK8 3AB

Scottish Meat Training has been working with Falleninch Farm Butchers for 5 years and in that time the company has fully engaged in the training and development of their Apprentices and other staff members.

In the last year, 3 Apprentices (Erin Conroy, Stuart Rankin and Nicola Gaffney) have achieved SVQ level 3 Modern Apprentice Qualification in Meat and Poultry Skills.

Falleninch have also invested further by funding the Federation Diploma for 2 apprentices (Stuart Rankin and Robert Reid) with the intention of funding for 2 more early in 2017.

In April 2016 Falleninch supported two apprentices (Erin Conroy and Stuart Rankin) to take part in the "Premier Young Butcher of the year" Competition at Foodex/Meatex in Birmingham. Although neither won the competition, the support and development both Stuart and Erin received from their employer has proven to be invaluable.

In August 2016 the company funded two staff members to attend the "Meat managers Hygiene and HACCP" course in Perth. Mark Ramsay and Stuart Rankin both passed with flying colours and the company have indicated that the course has been of great benefit to them and will fund more staff members to attend future courses in 2017.

Falleninch Farm Butchers have always been supportive of Scottish Meat Training and our assessors. They are always the first to allow any new assessors access to their apprentices to allow that assessor to develop.

Falleninch Farm Butchers are very active in their membership of Scottish Craft Butchers, attending regional meetings and participating in the various product evaluations and Competitions.

Falleninch Farm Butchers deserve this recognition as everyone working at the company has fully engaged with Scottish Meat Training and our assessors. The company had one full time butcher and one apprentice when Scottish Meat Training first started working with them.

There are now 12 full time members of staff, 6 of which have completed a Modern Apprentice Qualification with Scottish Meat Training. 2 more staff members are about to start Modern Apprentice Qualifications in Customer service, once more proving this company`s commitment to investing in their staff at every opportunity.

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