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Community & Business

2 December, 2022

Licensed to cut

Johnson’s Gourmet Butchery’s (JGB) Clay Mallison is now a qualified retail butcher after obtaining his certificate recently.

By Lucie Peart

The qualification has been a long time coming for the newly knifed butcher, who began his training in 2011 as a school-based apprenticeship. He worked casually for the best part of the next decade and has worked at JGB permanently since 2020 to complete his training.

As a familiar face to the Johnson’s customer, he is now the third qualified butcher in the local team, joining Michael Johnson and Lindsay Foster. The JGB team are proud of Mr Mallison’s efforts to finish his study and progress to the certificate III qualification. He is also the ninth apprentice that has completed their training through JGB.

Mr Mallison said he enjoys working with the team. The flexible structure of the school-based apprenticeship combined with the later process of TAFE visits to JGB, made it easier to complete his training while working and being at home with his partner and family.

He said he couldn’t have finished his training without the support of his partner Allira Riley and JGB team. He appreciates the important role of the local butcher and likes that the products they provide to customers are also locally sourced. His favourite cut, like many red meat eaters, is a good t-bone, of which JGB sell many.

 Mr Johnson has encouraged his customers to congratulate Mr Mallison on obtaining his ‘licence to cut’ when they are next in the shop.

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