Family butcher for life

Matthew Papandrea loves being a butcher.

So much that the 23-year-old represented Australia in a tri-nations tournament for the trade, won a gold medal at the 2012 WorldSkills Australia National Competition and spent several days working at a butcher shop in England owned by international celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

Matthew puts his success down to trying to get the most out of his Australian Apprenticeship and having a passion for his career.

“It sounds simple but I really tried my best at TAFE during my Australian Apprenticeship,” Matthew said.

“My teachers saw I really enjoyed the trade and started pushing me towards competitions.

“I was open to other opportunities and this is a big reason why I have been successful.”

Matthew participated in the 2013 BBM Skilled Futures Program which enabled him to travel to Europe for a two-week leadership course, and gain experience at a variety of butcher shops in England and Denmark.

With an Australian Apprenticeship behind him, Matthew is now building his first house before he embarks on a goal to grow the family business, Joe Papandrea Quality Meats.

“I love what I do and have no trouble getting out of bed in the morning,” he said.

“Don’t put a dollar value on experiences – particularly when you are young – you learn the most by putting yourself out there and doing new things.”

Matthew qualified with a Certificate III in Meat Retailing from TAFE NSW – South Western Sydney Institute, Granville College.

If you are interested in an Australian Apprenticeship and how to get started, download An Australian Apprenticeship - Endless Career Possibilities brochure or contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

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