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 2019 categories were:
- Best New Apprentice
- Best Retail Butchery Apprentice
- Best Independent Retailer Meat Apprentice
- Best Multiple Retail Apprentice
- Best Meat Processing Apprentice
- Best Abattoir Apprentice
- Best Poultry Apprentice
- Best Meat Apprentice showing management potential
- The Lord Graham Endeavour Award – this is for an apprentice in any category who shows real achievement against adversity
- Best Company Training Scheme
- Best Meat Training Provider
All categories culminate in the award of the overall Meat Apprentice of the Year, with the announcement of the winner made on the day of the awards.
All categories are sponsored, and winners receive cheques, trophies as well as other benefits.
Last year, for the second time, this prestigious event was graced with the presence of HRH the Princess Royal - Past Master and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Meat who presented the prizes.
See the 2019 results and follow-up story here.