Craft Skills Scotland Awards 2021

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Congratulations to our team at Highland Meats who have won ‘Training Partner of the Year’ at this year’s Craft Skills Scotland Awards held in Dundee, Scotland on the 24th of November.

We would also like to congratulate our Butchery Academy Manager, Martin Neely, and our Butchery Trainer, Chris Brawls, who also received finalist trophies for the ‘Mentor of the Year’ category. 

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Both Martin and Chris are a fantastic asset to our Butchery Academy which develops and nurtures young talent like Sean Cassidy, our Apprentice Butcher (featured in the video below), in the age-old craft of butchery and de-boning.

The academy is run across a number of our Dunbia sites throughout the UK and Northern Ireland, with the aim of creating a continuous pool of talented and enthusiastic butchers committed to delivering excellence for our customers.

The ethos and approach of the Butchery Academy is centred around teamwork; working together and efficiently whilst achieving results and motivating each other. It is a great opportunity for young people to learn while they earn and pick up skills which will lead to countless opportunities.


  • Competitive Salary
  • PBQ Level 2 Qualification
  • Pension Contribution
  • Opportunity to travel
  • Structured planning & mentor support
To apply to our Butchery Academy, please email a copy of your CV to:


For more information about Craft Skills Scotland, please click here


For more information about careers in butchery, click here


Working across key areas such as supply chain, animal welfare, and sustainable agriculture, you will get involved in all aspects of the agriculture and research and development areas within the business.


This varied role will provide you with an opportunity to get involved in all aspects of the Environmental department and participate in continuous improvement projects within a fast-paced food manufacturing environment.

Human Resources

As your skills and knowledge develop over time, you will get involved in all aspects of HR within a fast-paced food manufacturing environment and your responsibility will increase.

Retail National Account Management

This exciting role will see you gain a wide range of business experience skills, providing support to major UK retail supermarket customer accounts. 

Operations & Commercial

Work in a fast-paced food manufacturing environment gaining a hands-on experience across all aspects of operations, production and commercial with a focus on continuous improvement. 

New Product Development

You will be involved in supporting and managing the NPD process to ensure new and re-developed products are launched successfully. 

Livestock procurement

An exciting opportunity to learn about all areas of livestock procurement within the business, gaining a full understanding of production and operations.

Food Safety & Quality

A hands-on opportunity to understand and impact on food safety, quality and animal welfare across a fast-paced food manufacturing environment. Ensuring legislative compliance, customer excellence and continuous improvement.

Mechanical Engineering

As an engineering graduate you will be hands on and, on the go, working in a fast paced, busy environment overseeing electrical, mechanical and automation projects in a food manufacturing business.

Accounting & Finance

Gain a robust understanding in all aspects of the Finance Function with support at every step of the way to attain the professional qualifications needed to become a finance leader of the future.