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Butchery Employer Trailblazer Group appoints new leaders

Updated: Jul 27, 2023

The Butchery Employer Trailblazer Group (BETG) has appointed a new Chair, and its first Vice-Chair, to take forward all three meat industry apprenticeships: Level 2 Butcher, Level 3 Advanced Butcher, and the Level 2 Abattoir Worker.

Darren Andrew, Operations Director at the Preston site of Cranswick PLC, will chair the group. Andrew has 30 years’ experience in food processing, including ten in Director level roles. He has taken a leading role in Cranswick’s apprenticeship programme, which has seen over 80 apprentices successfully complete their apprenticeships.

David Lishman, owner of Lishman’s of Ilkley joins as Vice Chair. Lishman’s business has won numerous awards and David himself has captained the British Beefeaters butchery team in the World Butchers Challenge.

With the Level 2 Butcher Apprenticeship up for cyclical review this year these appointments are key. Currently the apprenticeship contains both a ‘Process’ and a ‘Retail’ pathway. Having senior representation from both sectors of the industry ensures the apprenticeship remains highly relevant and effective in the workplace.

FDQ provide secretariat services to the group and are delighted to have helped introduce the two new members. Commenting on their appointment, Terry Fennel said,

‘ Darren and David each have a deep understanding of their respective sectors and a shared interest in the value that apprenticeships bring to the meat industry as a whole. They really are the ‘dream ticket’ for the BETG and I’m confident the apprenticeships will thrive under their stewardship.’

Any employer wanting to be part of shaping butchery and abattoir apprenticeships can apply to join the group. For information on joining contact James Richardson at FDQ.


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