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WorldSkills...the winner is...

1/12/2016 - Posted in: General news

WorldskillsfinalistsAfter months of hard work the Butchery final at WorldSkills took place on 17th and 18th November at the Birmingham NEC. Competitors were the highest scorers from heats in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

The final six were; Hannah Blakey, a 17-year-old apprentice at Leeds City College; Peter Rushforth of Swans Farm Shop in Mold, Wales; James Gracey of Quails of Dromore in Co Down, Northern Ireland; Dylan Gillespie from Clogher Valley Meats in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland; Martin Naan from Kettyle Irish Foods in Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland and Daniel Turley of Aubrey Allen, Coventry. 

Two days of intensive judging and performing 5 tasks, including a mystery box and the winner was announced. The competitors were judged by industry experts; National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) chief executive Roger Kelsey, industry consultant Viv Harvey and chief executive of the Institute of Meat, Keith Fisher. The winner taking home gold was Peter Rushforth of Swans Farm Shop, Wales. All of the participants worked extremely hard and should be very proud of their achievements in the competition. 

 Hannah Blakey Leeds

Image: Hannah Blakey; Leeds City College.

We would like to offer special congratulations to Hannah Blakey of Leeds City College. Hannah is the youngest and first female to make it to the final, an achievement she should be incredibly proud of. Hannah is a dedicated and hardworking apprentice at Leeds, with a team of very supportive assessors who are very proud of her achievements. We are sure she will have incredible success in her future.