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.
The IOM/WCB Awards for 2022 were held at the Butchers' Hall on 24th February when the following awards were presented:
The 2022 winners (as pictured above):
- Best New Apprentice: Sarah Porter
- Best Retail Butchery Apprentice: Josh Huitson
- Best Independent Retailer Meat Apprentice: Robert Darling
- Best Multiple Retail Butchery Apprentice: Letitia Redfern
- Best Meat Processing Apprentice: Leon Edwards
- Best Abattoir Worker / Apprentice: Ionela Bacioiu
- Best Meat Apprentice Showing Management Potential in a Manufacturing Environment: Sean McGrath
- Best Meat Apprentice Showing Real Management Potential: Austin Howell
- The Lord Graham Endeavour Award: Jonty Larkin
- Best Company Training Scheme: Cooper Foods (Andover) Ltd
- Best Meat Training Provider of the Year: M.E.A.T. (Ipswich) Ltd
- Champion Meat Apprentice of the Year: Austin Howell
All categories are sponsored, and winners receive cheques, trophies as well as other benefits.
The 2022 awards were attended by Past Master HRH The Princess Royal, and The Master, Margaret Boanas along with over 100 guests.