We visited Williamson Family Butchers in Crosby to catch up with to local apprentice Jamie Nelson, aged 18 from Crosby who is just about to complete his Level 2 Apprenticeship in Food Industry Skills - Butchery with Myerscough College.
To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2016 members of the Employer Services Team paid a visit to some of the incredible apprentices the college supports. Myerscough College is one of the largest providers of specialist land based apprenticeships in the country, and supports approximately 1,500 learners across more than a thousand different workplaces in a wide variety of sectors.
These range from small businesses through to global brands particularly within the Sportsturf and Amenity Horticulture sectors where Myerscough is renowned across the globe for the quality of its provision. Many ex-apprentices and other Myerscough learners have gone on to secure some of the top jobs within industry, a great testament to the quality of training the College provides.
Jamie said; “I love working in the shop and have always wanted to become a Butcher. The Apprenticeship gives me the chance to train and also to earn a wage at the same time. I have definatley made the right choice, instead of traditional college and in the future hope to become a Butcher in my own right.”
Jamie works within the busy Butchery business under the direction of proprietor Sam Williamson. Sam shares his thoughts on Jamie and on Apprenitceships, saying; “Its great that we can give a local enthusiastic young person the chance to undertake an Apprenticeship. Jamie is very enthusiastic and contributes so much to the successful running of the business. I would have no hesitation in recommending Apprenticeships to other small businesses as a great way to bring new young people into the profession.”
Employer Services Adviser Donovan Mason explains the visit and the range of services the college provides employers, saying; “We support so many employers with their Apprenticeship recruitment and training needs. It is fantastic to be able to take time to go into a local workplace, meet learners and employers and have a go at some new skills in the process. It’s always a great feeling to see the fruits of our labour and to see how Apprentices are developing in their roles.
'’National Apprenticeship Week is a great time to highlight the great work of Apprentices and also the significant benefits they provide to employers. Jamie was so passionate about Butchery, and I know he has a bright future at Williamson Family Butchers.”
For more information on the range of Apprenticeships and other programmes at Myerscough College please contact the Employer Services Team on 01995 642255 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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by Dave Salmon