Lucianne Allen nominated in Women In Meat Industry Awards 2019
We are delighted that Lucianne Allen has been recognised within the industry and has been nominated (by an anonymous source) in the Women in Meat Awards 2019 in the new category of Training and Education.
The award is voted for by her industry colleagues, customers, and chefs with Lucianne one of four shortlisted for the award.
Since leaving the legal bar and joining the family business 10 years ago, Lucianne has created a culture of constant improvement and sharing of knowledge not only within her team at Aubrey Allen but also to all who come through Aubrey’s Academy. Lucianne loves finding untapped talent and helping people to reach their full potential.
‘Education is not the filling of the pail but the lighting of the torch!’
It all started with an invitation for Lucianne to join the Trailblazers apprenticeship team to look at changing the face of training for the industry. Very quickly Lucianne became the chair of the committee. “The learning curve was immense, the passion around the table higher still.” Impressed with the commitment to improving this great industry it led Lucianne to forge an accelerated creation of Aubrey Allen’s Academy (a long time in the talking) and to significantly increase their own apprentice intake in all departments.
“Education needs to start with your own team. With the help of a number of training companies such as Crosby Management Training, we have created a culture of mentoring and coaching within our own teams. We believe in giving responsibility to our teams and nurturing their confidence and talent to lead the next generation. Nowhere is this more evident than in the newly formed supervisor team that lead our production unit.” Lucianne Allen
It has been two years since Aubrey’s Academy opened, where it is home to all of Aubrey Allen’s on site education days including their butchery school, chef days, meat science masterclass (in conjunction with AHDB) and Academy of Cheese. It has welcomed over 500 people through the door including school children, apprentices from colleges and hotels, and apprentice butchers who take their EPA at the registered assessment centre.
The passion for education runs through all Lucianne does. Leading by example and always looking for ways to learn and improve.
“Education needs to start from the top – when the team see that we want to improve every day and how passionate we are about sharing knowledge and how we strive to learn more and attend seminars and business days to bring learning back into the business, it pumps energy throughout the whole place! What’s next? Looking at CPD for our great industry and online video learning for butchery. Making our trade a profession will only help to make us better and improve our industry in the eyes of consumers.”
The two highlights of last year for Lucianne are;
1) The Big Apprenticeship day that ties in with National Apprenticeship Week. Planning is underway for the 3rd year with the day inspired by intern turned marketing assistant Rachel to try to bring the whole wider industry together, to truly think about farm to fork. Invited apprentice butchers, farmers and chefs come together for a day to get them thinking about how they can make the industry more attractive to young people and how to work together for less waste and ultimately an improved eating quality.
2) Secondly, the Teach First Day – a wonderful day where local school children came and learnt about the world of work. The younger team members at Aubrey Allen were challenged with working together to facilitate the day to help improve their presentation and teaching skills. There was great feedback and they look forward to continuing with this working partnership with Teach First.