Plans to abolish food craft apprenticeships in Northern Ireland dropped

11/3/2020 - Posted in: General news

A proposal to abolish apprenticeships such as Butcher, Baker and Fishmonger in Northern Ireland in favour of a generic ‘Food Operative’ apprenticeship has been abandoned, according to the Department for the Economy. The decision was apparently made after reviewing the results of a consultation and taking into account the wider industry views.



FDQ are delighted that the Agri-Food Sectoral Partnership responsible for the proposal listened to the  objections of industry bodies and employers. Apprentices will now continue to be able to qualify in the their chosen professions and the future of craft trades will be protected.


CEO, Terry Fennell, said of the decision,


‘ I’m relieved and delighted for Northern Ireland’s apprentices and employers. It’s fantastic news and provides recognition of the skill levels required to qualify as a Butcher and other craft professions. I’d like to thank Meat Management for helping us highlight this issue in the wider meat industry and also the employers and industry bodies who added their voice to the consultation.’  


See the original story that appeared in Meat Management here.