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Sunday 18 February 2018

Free butchery skills training course for unemployed

Declan O'Brien

Declan O'Brien

A new National Butchery Academy is offering 50 places for unemployed people on an industrial meat processing course that starts this month.

Well-known Ballinasloe butcher Joe Hayes is the driving force behind the initiative, which was officially launched by Eamon O Cuiv, Minister for Social Protection.

The FETAC level 5 course will cover all of the butchery skills needed to start a career in the industry. It will be run in conjunction with the Danish Meat Trade College, Roskilda, which gives it Europass status. It is open to anyone over the age of 18 who has a Junior Certificate and has been receiving unemployment benefits for at least three months.

The course is free of charge for participants and candidates may be entitled to retain social welfare payments. It is limited to 50 participants and begins at the end of January.

Applications must be lodged by January 12 and the selection process includes an interview. Contact Andrew Hardiman at 090 964-4397 for details.

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