The Butchers Company is an enthusiastic supporter of Harper Adams University, the UK’s highest supplier of graduates to the meat and livestock industries.
All of the 3,000 plus full-time equivalent students are engaged in land-based studies ranging from agricultural engineering to agri-food business and marketing.
Harper, as it is affectionately known, is highly rated for its teaching and success in finding jobs for its graduates. Around 99% of graduates find appropriate employment within 6 months of completing.
Harper has teaching staff with specialised meat knowledge and funds made available by the Worshipful Company of Butchers were used to develop the unique MSc Course in Meat Business Management.
To date over 60 people have completed the Postgraduate Certificate stage of this course – mostly on a part-time basis. The company has also funded students from SME meat companies to complete the Diploma and final MSc stage of the course.
The Company provided funding for the production of butchery videos to enhance the value of its meat courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Videos for beef, lamb, pork and poultry help develop a practical understanding of butchery skills, as well as improving experience and expertise on the value and use of different cuts.
Harper’s Food Creativity and Innovation Laboratory enables students to undertake food photography, packaging design and product development with funds from the Company assisting the purchase of photographic equipment for the laboratory, providing more ‘hands-on’ activity for students.
As one of the sponsors of The Harper Adams Food Science Summer School for year 12 school students the Company aims to give students insight into the topic of food science and technology and provides encouragement about careers in the food industry with meat featuring strongly in some of the practical sessions.
In 2018, 30 students enrolled for the school and it is hoped that between 40 and 60 will attend in July 2019.
The Harper Adams Meat Advisory Board consisting of representatives of key companies and training organisations in the meat sector includes the Livery’s Bill Jermey, CEO of the Food and Drink Training and Education Council; and Keith Fisher, Chief Executive of the Institute of Meat.