TAFE NSW Granville apprentice Jacob Camilleri has been named National
Apprentice of the Year at the final of the Australian Meat Industry
Council (AMIC) competition held in Fremantle, Western Australia.
Widely regarded as the meat industry’s premier competition, AIMC’s
competition attracts huge interest from Australia’s 3,200 independent butchers.
Finalists from six Australian states competed in beef, lamb, pork,
gourmet, continental and poultry sausage divisions, after earning the
right to represent their states in regional competitions held over the
past 12 months.
Jacob first developed a passion for butchering at the age of 14, when
he was working as a ‘washing up boy’ for his local butcher in a small
country town. He is now studying for a Certificate III Meat Processing
(Retail Butcher) at TAFE NSW Granville.
“I was quite nervous to be competing on the National stage, but I
also felt honoured to be there. I am glad my employer Dave Funnell
from CHOP Artisan Butchery travelled to WA to support and mentor me,”
“The first day was a theory exam, we were judged on our knowledge,
cutting skills and knowledge of the different cuts of meat. Day two
was when it ramped up as we were given a mystery box which had a leg
of lamb, beef rump and a pork scotch fillet; I was able to create 20
different products from the three cuts of meat.
“TAFE NSW Granville has been instrumental in providing me with
opportunity to study away from traditional delivery methods, as well
as providing awareness of competitions as apprentice butcher which is
how I came to compete in the Sausage King competition.
“I love the flexibility of studying with TAFE NSW, which means I can
complete my studies while gaining experience as an apprentice at CHOP
Artisan Butchery, Belrose.”
Director, CHOP Artisan Butchery Dave Funnell said “As a second year
apprentice, Jacob has already achieved a lot. He handled the pressures
of a national competition extremely well. In the lead-up to the
competition, we did a few practice sessions and spoke about a game plan.
“Jacob is a hardworking kid, he’s very respectful and is always
willing to help out. Nothing is ever a drama for him and he has good
customer service. He’s advancing in all areas of his apprenticeship
CHOP Artisan Butchery currently has stores in Belrose and Rouse Hill
and will be opening two stores in Penrith and one on the Central Coast
in the next couple of months.
Jacob is keen to continue his studies after completing his
apprenticeship, to assist him with his ambition to combine his trade
with management skills, and potentially manage one of the CHOP Artisan
Not limiting his achievements to winning National Apprentice of the
Year, Jacob also played rugby for the Penrith Panthers under 18s and
Malta under 16s.
To learn more about studying meat and allied trades at TAFE NSW visit
www.tafensw.edu.au or call
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