The Australian Meat Industry Council’s (AMIC) Queensland Apprentice of the Year (AOTY) competition is set to kick off in Emerald on Wednesday, 5 June, taking place at Fair Dinkum Fresh, Emerald in the first of four AOTY competitions held to determine the QLD Apprentice of the Year.

QLD apprentice butchers will undertake practical challenges and a theory exam to compete for the title Queensland Apprentice of the Year 2024.

In a change from prior years, AMIC QLD have teamed up with World Skills to align competitions in the state. Lead organizer and Queensland State Manager Tony Morgan says the new format is set to show how united the industry is.

“Bringing the two competitions together is a great show of unification, demonstrating that industry is working together with a common of goals.

“To have a number of locally based apprentices’ butchers demonstrate their skills on Emerald Show Day is great for the region and a fantastic opportunity for all apprentices to showcase their talents and the meat industry to the community.” said Mr Morgan.

Three more AOTY / World Skills Apprentices’ competitions will be held in QLD throughout June and July with the overall Queensland winner and World Skills regional winners to be announced at the annual AMIC QLD award evening to be held later in 2024.

Other QLD Competition Dates:

  • Gympie: Gympie Meat Hall, 23 June
  • Toowoomba: QLD Choice Meats, 30 June
  • Brisbane: Meat at Billy’s, 7 July

The QLD AOTY will go on to represent Queensland in the AMIC’s National Apprentice of the Year final in February 2025, and four other apprentices will be representing QLD at the World Skills National Final next year.

AMIC would like to thank D.R. Johnston, as this year’s naming rights sponsor, co-sponsor World Skills QLD and all our QLD statewide sponsors for their continued support of Independent Local Butchers and the meat industry. Special mentions and thank you go out to Lamb of Tasmania, Lillydale Chicken. Vadals, Jason Oloughlin FD Fresh Emerald, Billy Gibney Meat at Billys, Big Meats Biggenden, Ben Brown Gympie Meat Hall, Lou Gordon Queensland Choice meats, Axial training, FS Alliance, and William Angliss.

Media are welcome to attend the competition by prior arrangement.

Please contact QLD State Manager: Tony Morgan on 0491 956 319 if you would like to cover this competition or for details on the other events.

For all other media enquiries please contact Communications Manager Keith Drain on 0429 040 128.




The Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC), is the sole Peak Industry body representing the post-farm gate meat industry, including processors, smallgoods manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors through to independent retail butchers and exporters.

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