Meet the region's newest export
JUST before Christmas, Southern Downs butcher Justin Wade found out he would be heading overseas.
Having won an exclusive scholarship, the 23-year-old Allora butcher will go abroad later this year to hone his skills in British butcheries.
"The scholarship comes off the back of winning the bronze at the WorldSkills back in October,” Mr Wade said.
"After that I had to apply for the scholarship and do an interview and even though I thought I did pretty well, it was still a bit unknown.
"The scholarship itself is through Queensland Overseas Foundation and their aim is to bring overseas experience to regional Queensland.
"I'm hoping to head over in late April or early May for about two years, but I'm still waiting to find out exactly where I'll be working.”
Mr Wade said he was drawn to the UK for its adherence to more traditional practices in butchery.
"They're very traditional and tend to do everything by hand-breaking, rather than with saws,” he said.
"They also tend to use a bit more offal in stuff like blood sausage.
"It will just be good to see the different farm practices, how everything is produced and different smallgood methods and get in touch with where a lot of butchery started.
"I'd like to start in England but hopefully get over to Italy, France and Germany to see how things are done differently over there, even if I'm not working in those places.”
Despite his past travelling experience, Mr Wade said the move was a daunting one, and thanked everyone for their support.
He will head to Queensland Parliament House in Brisbane on March 3 for the presentation of the scholarship.
"I want to thank everyone for their support over time,” Mr Wade said.
"It's a big move but I'm hoping to make the most out of my time there.
"I'm also thrilled the Queensland Overseas Foundation has given me this opportunity.
"The WorldSkills competition opened this door for me so I'd definitely recommend anyone doing a trade to consider signing up to open up opportunities.”