Dating back to the 1950s the annual prize giving event, taking place in February, celebrates the achievements of trainees, and now particularly apprentices, in the meat industry.
Such longevity and consistency demonstrates the commitment, made by both parties, to the training and development of skills and expertise in the industry and recognises the role and efforts of companies and meat industry training providers.
Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the IOM/WCB Awards will not take place as planned in February 2021 but will resume in February 2022.
The IOM/WCB Awards were held at the Butchers Hall in February 2020 when the following awards were presented:
The 2020 winners (as pictured above):
- Best New Apprentice: Elliot Tong
- Best Retail Butchery Apprentice: Austin Howell
- Best Independent Retailer Meat Apprentice: Jack Western
- Best Multiple Retail Butchery Apprentice: Harley English
- Best Meat Processing Apprentice: Harry Pritchard
- Best Abattoir Worker / Apprentice: Kaspars Matis
- Best Meat Apprentice Showing Management Potential: Samuel Cooke
- The Lord Graham Endeavour Award: Christopher Sheardown (this is for an apprentice in any category who shows real achievement against adversity)
- Best Company Training Scheme: Cranswick Country Foods Plc
- Best Meat Training Provider: Shropshire Training Ltd
- Champion Meat Apprentice of the Year: Jack Western
All categories are sponsored, and winners receive cheques, trophies as well as other benefits.
The 2020 awards was staged in Butchers' Hall and attended by The Master, Tim Dumenil.