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Scottish Meat Industry celebrates top apprentice success!

Monday, 11th Mar 2024

Marc Ingram from Blair Drummond Smiddy near Stirling has been announced as the Scottish Apprentice of the Year at the annual awards ceremony held in Aberdeen.
Marc completed his SCQF level 5 Modern Apprentice Qualification in April 2023. He worked through his qualification with Craft Skills Scotland who specialise in the delivery of apprenticeships in the Food & Drink sector in Scotland. Marc’s Modern Apprenticeship is funded by Skills Development Scotland.

Marc Ingram receives his SCQF level 5 Modern Apprentice Certificate from Scottish Craft Butchers President George Jarron


Marc worked closely with his assessor, Sarah Frew, to achieve his goals in the industry. Backed by a very supportive team at Blair Drummond Smiddy and especially his manager, Fraser Sivewright.
Marc stated that his journey through school was not an easy one with many challenges. However, after sending his CV to the trade association for the independent retail butchers in Scotland, Scottish Craft Butchers, he was offered the chance to work with the talented team at Blair Drummond Smiddy.
Marc embraced this challenge with enthusiasm. He built a strong working relationship with everyone connected to his development, which ultimately has now received the highest recognition. Marc is currently working on his SCQF level 6 Modern Apprentice Qualification with Craft Skills Scotland.

Marc stated- “I used to feel so ashamed that I couldn’t read or write properly but doing the Modern Apprenticeship has totally changed my life.

“Being able to go into a workplace, earn money and learn at the same time was the best feeling ever. When I was younger, I didn’t know if I’d ever be able to work or move out of home – I can’t believe how far I’ve come.

“I want other young people to know there are still great career pathways such as apprenticeships, even if school wasn’t for them.”

Marc passed his driving test, bought his own car and a motorbike and is now saving up to move into his own home.

Blair Drummond Smiddy Farm Shop Fresh Counter Manager Fraser Sivewright said: “What Marc has done is just awe-inspiring – he really is the model butcher and I now lean on him as a senior colleague.

“I am immensely proud of Marc, his values and everything he brings to his work and the tremendous personal growth he has already achieved.”

Craft Skills Scotland Assessor Sarah Frew said: “Marc is a breath of fresh air, so confident and knowledgeable.

“He has such a drive and passion for the industry, nothing holds him back.”
Scottish Craft Butchers President George Jarron said-
“Many congratulations to Marc and the whole team at Blair Drummond Smiddy. It is fantastic recognition of the high quality training delivered by employers and the team at Craft Skills Scotland in the red meat industry”



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