Patrick Back is the new apprentice butcher at Lyons St Butchery.
Patrick Back is the new apprentice butcher at Lyons St Butchery. Georja Ryan

Carving a meaty career

AS A child, Patrick Back looked up to his grandfather.

He saw a wise and honest man, who loved his job and was good at it too.

Mr Back soon decided he would follow in his footsteps.

"We were quite close, so when he passed away last year, I decided I wanted to be more like him," Mr Back said.

Mr Back began his butcher apprenticeship at Lyons St Butchery two weeks ago, the industry in which his grandfather spent many years.

He said he was enjoying his time with the store and was glad he had been given the opportunity.

"It's really good, I'm loving it," he said.

Nineteen-year-old Mr Back said after completing school, he dabbled in a couple of part-time jobs, but always had an interest in becoming a butcher.

While others went off to start their carpentry and plumbing apprenticeships, Mr Back was in limbo with what he really wanted to do.

"I worked at Wickham's (Wickham Freight Lines) and Woollies, but never really enjoyed it," he said.

"It's so good to be learning a new trade and I was never interested in any other trade but this."

With an enthusiastic attitude and no fear of blood and guts, Mr Back said he enjoyed all the bells and whistles that came with the job.

"I do packing and crumbing, making sausages and help clean up and set up and everything," he said.

"It is different, but it's great.

"You've got to be really keen on it, and I am."

Mr Back is hoping to carry out all of his three-year apprenticeship at Lyons St Butchery and the company is pleased to have him on board.

"He's a quick learner so we're glad to have him here," Lyons St Butchery manager Lenny Murray said.

Lyons St Butchery

Opening hours: Monday - Friday 7am-6pm; Saturday 7am-1pm.



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