Amy Stead, an up-and-coming 21-year-old butcher at Drake & Macefield in Otley Street, Skipton, has been selected as Apprentice of the Month by one of the UK meat industry’s leading training providers.
Amy, of Earby, is undertaking her NVQ Level 2 in Meat & Poultry Processing, run by the butchery school at M.E.A.T. (Ipswich) in Suffolk. She receives her training in-house and was chosen as the top apprentice in April from hundreds of young butchers involved in the scheme.
Amy is no stranger to success in the awards arena. While studying catering at Craven College in Skipton, she was presented with a special trophy for her outstanding work both in and out of college, also receiving a second work experience award while at Drake & Macefield Butchers.
In fact, Amy passed her NVQ Level 1, 2 and 3 catering qualification courses at Craven College in just three years – half the time it normally takes to complete the six-year programme. She was then offered a full-time job with us.
Steven Rudelhoff, Amy’s assessor at M.E.A.T. (Ipswich), said:
”Amy is an enthusiastic young lady and tackles all her objectives and tasks with a lot of enthusiasm. In her exams, she has gained four distinctions and three credits, which is excellent. She shows so much flair with what she is doing and has achieved so much. It is a joy to work with her. She will go a long way and make a very good butcher. Her customer care skills are very good as well.”
Drake & Macefield places major emphasis on staff training, notably among its rising stars. A second butcher, 22-year-old Adam Proctor, who works at the Settle shop, is also undertaking the same apprenticeship scheme.
We are proud of our support of local meat producers and expansion has seen our workforce grow to 15-strong.