In 2011, we became the first major retailer to employ a Master Butcher, under the Meat Training Council's new qualification scheme.
Julien Pursglove, who has been with Sainsbury's for 32 years, is only the fifth person in the UK to be accredited with this title. To qualify for the award, Julien had to demonstrate to the Meat Training Council's moderators that he had sufficient knowledge and skills to justify the title, ranging from understanding livestock production, carcass dressing, butchery and dealing with customers in a retail environment. As well as these traditional skills, he also had to cover modern hygiene practices and people management.
We are proud of Julien's achievement, which reflects our commitment to supporting our colleagues with ongoing training and development.