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West Wales Catering Butcher Named Medium Employer of the Year at New Awards


Young Welsh Butcher of the Year Sam Hughes added another honour to his list at new awards launched by one of Wales’ leading training providers.

Sam, 22, from Llanbradach, who works for Brian Crane Butchers, Maesycwmmer, Caerphilly, was named Foundation Apprentice of the Year at the inaugural Cambrian Training Company Apprenticeship, Employment and Skills Awards 2017 held at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells.

He has shown total dedication to butchery since being given a job at Brian Crane Butchers after dropping out of university to support his new family. He has made rapid progress, winning the Young Welsh Butcher of the Year in 2016, achieving a Foundation Apprenticeship and now moving on to an Apprenticeship.

“When I dropped out of university, I never thought I would be winning awards like this,” said Sam. “My confidence has been boosted during my time as an apprentice, as it has removed the huge amount of stress I was under. I was afraid I would always be stuck in part-time employment with no security but completing my apprenticeship has given me great confidence in my future.

“I am talking to my employer, Chris Hayman about the future and he has plans for me to progress from being his employee to his partner in future projects. I hope to progress to a higher apprenticeship.”

Cambrian Training Company, which has offices in Welshpool, Holyhead, Colwyn Bay and Llanelli, has launched the awards to celebrate all that is great about training, apprenticeships and skills in Wales. The company delivers apprenticeships to 1,200 learners and works with around 400 employers across Wales.

Managing director Arwyn Watkins congratulated all the finalists, saying they were all winners.

“We work with some great employers and learners throughout Wales as we deliver a range of apprenticeship, skills and employment training programmes on behalf of the Welsh Government,” he added

“These awards celebrate the achievements of those who have exceeded expectations during their engagement and commitment to training and skills programmes and shown a unique approach to training and development and demonstrated initiative, enterprise, innovation and creativity.”

The Apprenticeship Programme is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.


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A former newspaper journalist for 24 years, Duncan moved into PR in 1999 after editing the County Times & Express & Gazette newspapers – the main weekly titles in Mid Wales – for five years.

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