Real Stories – Butchery Careers

Ariane Bennett, D.H. Robertson

“I started working in the family shop at the age of 13. I’ve always enjoyed helping customers and talking about our product range. My apprenticeship has not only helped develop my skills but increased my confidence too, being the only female butcher in the shop has not held me back!

The family business was always going to be my future as I was always excited about food. Being able to produce good food for the local community is something I take a huge amount of pride in.”

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Ariane Bennett, D.H. Robertson
Sean Cassidy, Dunbia Highland Meats

Sean Cassidy, Dunbia Highland Meats

“I thought I would give the meat industry a ‘try’ as I didn’t really know what career path I was on. From the very start I knew it was the correct decision for me. Enrolment into the Highland Meats Butchery Academy followed which I have progressed through very quickly; this gave me more money at the end of the week. I am now on a pathway to gain my Level 1 grade Knife skills and then hopefully supervisor status!”

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Ryan Briggs, Briggsy’s Butchers

“I started washing dishes after school to earn a bit of money and was soon offered an apprenticeship. Having a knife in my hand and breaking down beef, lamb and pork was great to learn. My boss and the other butchers were really encouraging and gave me opportunities to enter skills competitions and eventually to represent Team GB at the World Butchery Challenge. I now own the business I learned my trade in and have six full time staff. I love being my own boss and having responsibility of staff is magic!”

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Ryan Briggs, Briggsy’s Butchers