Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting WONEWS to 80360, or email
£2m investment turns Yeadon Morrisons into 'craft skills academy'
9:00am Monday 7th October 2013 in Local news
Morrisons at Yeadon has been transformed into a ‘Craft Skills Academy’ and energy efficient store with a £2m investment. The re-vamped store which was launched on Wednesday aims to champion the traditional skills of its staff who work in the butchers, bakers and fishmongers while promoting the skills through an in-store apprenticeship scheme.
Ben Mifsud has qualified as a butcher after spending 12 months working through an apprenticeship programme with the store to gain an IPQ qualification in the trade. One of those who trained him was Mark White who has been a butcher for 36 years.
Mark said: “I think that learning on the job from someone who really knows what they’re doing is the best experience you can get and it’s good to know that the Craft Skills Academy will encourage other people to learn a proper trade and keep the traditions going.”
The transformation also includes a dough table at the front of the bakery, so customers can see bread being made, as well as a new butchers counter so they can see the sausage making process.
A new refrigeration system will save energy by reducing carbon emissions by 16 per cent and an LED lighting scheme will cut energy use for lighting by 55 per cent.