The Worshipful Company of Butchers and Institute of Meat Awards

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.

Notable previous winners include Warden Derek Berry, the current Chairman of WCB Charity and Education Committee, who was awarded the IOM/WCB Gold Medal in 1970.

The categories for competition are agreed and communicated, along with application guidance for the written submissions, to those employing or training apprentices in the autumn.

The 2020 winners (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.

Champion Meat Apprentice of the Year, Jack Western is presented his award by The Master, Tim Dumenil at the IOM / WCB Awards.
Champion Meat Apprentice of the Year, Jack Western is presented his award by The Master, Tim Dumenil.