News posted in Food & beverage.

Creative Edge Food team web

November 7th, 2016

Bakery owner dedicated to training the future of the baking industry

For Creative Edge Food owner Shane Tinker, training the industry’s up-and-coming bakers is a way for him to give back to the baking industry and future-proof his business. “Someone took time to train me and it’s a way...

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Ben Henry

October 27th, 2016

Butchery apprentice never gave up on achieving top award

Third time’s a charm for 25-year-old Ben Henry, who became Apprentice of the Year at the national final of the Competenz and Retail Meat New Zealand competition in September. Ben has been amazed at the way the competition trail...

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Matthew Watson profile

August 19th, 2016

Nelson baker continuing family trade

For baking graduate Matthew Watson, becoming a baker is in his blood. A qualified baker at Quality Bakers Nelson, the 24-year-old is following in his grandfather’s and father’s footsteps who were also bakers. They encouraged him to take on...

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Nick Buist profile

August 16th, 2016

Butchery apprenticeship opening doors for young apprentice

Nick Buist started in the butchery industry with a part-time job after school. After working in such a captivating environment, and seeing the opportunities that surrounded it, he decided to sign up for an apprenticeship at Peter Timbs Meats. “I...

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Hohepa Smith for website

August 8th, 2016

Butchery graduate's road to success

Hohepa Smith has been with Countdown Meat and Livestock in Auckland for over eight years and has recently completed his National Certificate in Meat Retail Butchery (Advanced) (Level 4). Prior to commencing his butchery apprenticeship, Hohepa had been working at...

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cellar ops press release

July 1st, 2016

New Cellar Operations qualifications now available

New Zealand wineries have played a key role leading up to this month’s launch of New Zealand’s first nationally recognised qualifications for cellar operators in the wine industry. The qualifications, developed by New Zealand wineries in tandem with industry training...

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Luke Frew baking

April 7th, 2016

Aspiring baker sees a bright future in the bakery industry

For 24-year-old Luke Frew, working in the baking industry is opening doors to a promising future. The British-born baker is doing a bakery apprenticeship with artisan bakery, The Store in Britomart, Auckland. His passion for baking started in a...

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Mad Butcher web

February 25th, 2016

Gateway programme opens doors to the butchery workforce

Secondary school students from West and South Auckland are stepping into the shoes of a butcher. The eight-week Gateway programme, which started this week, has six students doing work experience in a local Mad Butcher store with interest growing...

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January 26th, 2016

Butchery apprentice winner shifts career up a gear

Winning the Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year competition in 2014 was only the beginning for Pak’n Save Lincoln Road butcher Luka Young. The Aucklander has set his sights on being the best in the business. “After I won...

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Getting the best from your investment in training an apprentice

December 18th, 2015

Companies share their views on getting the best from an apprenticeship

New Competenz research, which summarises the views of 180 employers, has identified practical ways companies can gain the greatest return on their investment in an apprenticeship: a skilled, productive employee who adds value as soon as possible, and stays...

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