Dunbia’s Butchery Academy has been named the UK’s Best Company Training Scheme by the Institute of Meat and the Worshipful Company of Butchers in recognition of the meat company’s strategic approach to attracting, developing and retaining new talent to the craft of butchery.

The award-winning Apprenticeship Programme, which operates across the Dunbia group, provides a mix of practical and theory-based training and a Proficiency Based Qualification accredited by FDQ (Food and Drink Qualification).

The scheme is managed by Northern Ireland’s first and only IOM Accredited Master Butcher Mr Steven Dobson MB.Inst.M who commented:

“We are delighted that Dunbia’s Butchery Academy has been recognised by the Institute of Meat and the Worshipful Company of Butchers.  We have invested heavily in our Academy with the aim of providing the best possible mentored-based training and developing young raw talent into the best butchers in the country.”

Steven who is a former graduate of Dunbia’s Butchery Academy added: “Our Butchery Academy is focussed on providing our trainees with long-term career opportunities and the potential to reach the pinnacle of the craft of butchery.  We take great pride in the fact that a number of our young trainees have been individually recognised by the Institute of Meat and for me personally to become Northern Ireland’s first IoM Accredited Master Butcher is a level of success which I could only achieve through the support of Dunbia’s Butchery Academy.”

Dunbia’s Butchery Academy is open to young men and women aged 16 years or over.  Anyone interested in joining the academy should contact our HR Department for more information.



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