Sam Hutter from West Buckland, who works in our butchery, is celebrating this week after passing her apprenticeship in meat and poultry.
Eighteen-year-old Sam has spent the last year working towards her Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Meat and Poultry Industry Skills/Functional Skills.
Sam explained: “I was very pleased with my progress and that I passed the assessment, which was awarded by the Meat Skills Training School (MEAT) in Ipswich. I learnt how to prepare a range of different meat joints and cuts ready to sell in the butchery.
“MEAT Ipswich were brilliant if I had any queries and my assessor was excellent at trying to put me at ease before an assessment. I am looking forward to using my skills in the future.”
We have a traditional butchery counter selling free range pork and Aberdeen Angus beef reared just four miles away on our family farm. As well as curing our own bacon, we also make our own burgers and award-winning sausages. The lamb, poultry and game we sell is also locally sourced.
Trevor Stark, our Butchery Manager, who has worked in the butchery department for 11 years, added: “I would like to congratulate Sam on passing her Intermediate Level Apprenticeship. She worked really hard and has made good progress in learning the basic skills in becoming a butcher. Sam will grow in confidence and expand her skill set over the coming years.”