Award shows Daniel is best on the block

A butchery apprentice from the south east Northumberland has won a national award for his work.

Daniel Lovatt, from Blyth, proved that persistence can pay off after he approached Blagdon Farm Shop about undertaking an apprenticeship to learn the butchery trade from field to fork.

At the time there was no position available but Daniel persevered and was eventually given an opportunity to gain on the job training and in-house skill assessments under butchery manager Simon Osborne.

Simon said: “I admired Daniel’s persistence in pursuing an apprenticeship so we decided to give him a chance.”

After completing a meat management apprenticeship, which also looks at customer service and business skills, the 23-year-old was nominated nationally by MEAT Ipswich and won the Best Meat Student for Management awarded by the Meat Training Council.

Daniel said: “I now have a skill that no one can take away from me, a lot of my friends have graduated and are struggling to find work.

“I chose Blagdon because of its good reputation and the fact they still practice proper butchery skills using their own animals from the farm.”