Young butcher is first Future Skills ambassador

An award-winning Welsh butcher was announced the first food ambassador for a new food skills campaign.

Tomi Jones, 23, from Llangollen, north east Wales, is now an ambassador for the ‘Future Skills... food for thought’ campaign, which aims to promote the importance of the skills in the food sector from the farm to fork.
As an ambassador Tomi will feature in the first of a series of short films highlighting the important role skills play in delivering quality long-term careers in the food sector.

The young butcher currently runs a family-managed butchers’ shop and was recently named Welsh Butcher of the Year 2012. He said: “It’s been a great opportunity to learn the skills that I need to do the job that I enjoy doing and gain the qualifications and experience at the same time. Having three apprentices working alongside me is a big thing for me, especially at a young age. Not a lot of people have the opportunity to do it, but I enjoy it and I enjoy teaching them. It gets people off the street and into a job they like doing.”

However, Tomi is not the only food ambassador the campaign is looking for and in the next few months 24 more recruits will be used to highlight the other vital skills the food industry needs.