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The search is on to find this year’s top meat industry trainee who goes above and beyond showing true dedication to their trade.

Scottish Craft Butchers, along with sponsors Quality Meat Scotland’s Scotch Butchers Club, is calling on butchers across the country, mentors and customers to nominate the best meat industry trainee for the coveted Extra Mile award.

Award organisers are looking for candidates who truly go the “extra mile” whether that be in their own progression, supporting new product development, showing excellent customer service or in any way that has a positive effect on the business they work in.

Gordon King, Chief Executive of Scottish Craft Butchers said: “To receive recognition and reward for going the ‘extra mile’ in the meat industry builds confidence in the individual, and a satisfaction that their dedication to our profession is appreciated by colleagues and customers. By showing that we value their time and commitment to consistently go above and beyond, we hope to inspire those in the industry to always strive for excellence in what they do.” 

Alan Clarke, Chief Executive of Quality Meat Scotland, said: “We are delighted to support Scottish Craft Butcher’s search for Scotland’s top trainee.  As an industry it’s important that we support and help to develop people coming into the sector. Furthermore, it’s crucial that we recognise and reward individuals who are already making a difference so that we retain the very best people within the trade.”

The Extra Mile award is part of a suite of training awards delivered by the Scottish Craft Butchers and supported by the Scotch Butchers Club. These awards include: Training Mentor of the Year, Training Partner of the Year, Level 3 Modern Apprentice of the Year and also Level 2 Modern Apprentice of the Year.

The Scotch Butchers Club has around 250 members committed to sourcing top quality Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork from approved suppliers. The club is committed to helping develop training and skills in butchery and, ultimately, to growing the industry.

The deadline for nominations for the Extra Mile award is Friday 25 October, and judges will select one winner who will receive a £100 prize and the person who made the nomination will also receive a £100 voucher. For more information and to download the entry form please visit www.craftbutchers.co.uk.