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Scottish Beef Processor Scoops SF&D Award For Skills Development

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Scottish Beef Processor Scoops SF&D Award For Skills Development

October 21
20:07 2013
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A Scottish beef processor has been recognised for raising the profile of employment opportunities in the red meat sector. West Lothian-based AK Stoddart has scooped the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Award in the Profiting Through Skills category, sponsored by Skills Development Scotland.


Stoddart’s – an independently owned company established in the 1950s – was rewarded for developing existing staff and attracting new blood into the industry. The company has embarked on a range of initiatives and partnerships aimed at raising the profile of careers and skills in the food-and-drink industry. 


Managing Director, Neil Stoddart, commented: ‘We believe that by ensuring a pipeline of talent and developing and retaining our existing employees, business performance will be safeguarded and improved for the long-term.


‘Over the last few years we’ve been bringing young people into the business, helping them to develop their skills from scratch, and offering them the opportunity to continue developing their skills by undertaking a modern apprenticeship in food manufacturing.’

In March this year, the company participated in the industry’s ‘Tasty Careers/Jobs’ initiative, and introduced six long-term unemployed individuals to the business for a period of two weeks.

‘The candidates gained a nationally recognised qualification in food, and at the end of the course all six were offered positions within the company,’ added Mr Stoddart.

And in addition to a range of other initiatives, Stoddart’s also operates a large-scale modern apprenticeship programme, in partnership with Scottish Meat Training. In September last year, the company took part in the industry’s ‘Feeding Britain’s Future /Skills for Work Week’ by opening its doors and inviting 16 unemployed individuals from the local community into the business for the day.

‘Participants took part in a tour of our facilities, and attended workshops on employability skills and an introduction to the industry,’ concluded Mr Stoddart.

Over the past 12 months, approximately 25% of the company’s weekly paid employees commenced a modern apprenticeship in food manufacture.


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West Lothian-based AK Stoddart has been recognised for raising the profile of employment opportunities in the red meat industry.

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