Spanish butchers are adding more women to their teams


The Butcher's Assistant Course, hold by EduCarne, which opened in September, has 51.5% women among the students, reaching 80% in its last edition.

Posted on Mar 04 ,08:43

Spanish butchers are adding more women to their teams

Two years ago, most of the wannabes' Butchers in Spain were represented by men. However, there is a new trend in the workforce market for this sector, according to Carnimad, the professional association of the butchers in Madrid. Butcher shops, delicatessen, poultry, and offal have historically been trades carried out mainly by men. And of the women who worked in the sector, few were in charge of the business. In fact, of the more than 1,300 associates of Carnimad, the organization of specialized meat professionals in the Community of Madrid, less than 5% are women; a figure that they hope will begin to change, as many are beginning to get out of that background, which they have sometimes acquired out of social custom. Wives, daughters, granddaughters, nieces ... who dare to lead the family business, and even women with no connection to the sector, who see future job opportunities in these companies, since it is a sector without unemployment.

The HR Director of Carnimad, Roman Díaz-Tovar, explains that this change is not something that occurs only in senior positions, but also in employees and new hires: “many entrepreneurs in the sector are hiring women for their human teams, as well as profiles of different ages and with different training and work experience. It is proven that the diversity of the workers gives better results. It is not a matter of now only hiring women, but of enhancing the employability of new profiles, who provide these businesses with other points of view and new skills ”.

Starting with training

The change has also reached the classrooms. From Educarne, the center for training, innovation, and development of the meat sector, they also experience, in this regard, an evolution in the average profile of their students.
Meat and, above all, the trades related to it have been subjects in which mainly men were trained. Just two years ago, the women who attended each course taught could be counted on the fingers of one hand. However, in recent months this has radically changed.
The Butchery Assistant Course taught by Educarne, and which has a job bank managed by Carnimad, was released last September, as soon as the situation derived from Covid-19 allowed it. Since then, four editions have been held, in which 51.5% of the students were made up of women, reaching up to 80% in the last edition.

The diversity of the profile of these students also stands out. Regarding previous training, most of them have a baccalaureate degree, although they also come from FP or ESO. The most common age group is occupied by those under 30, but they have had students who were over 45.
It is a course with a high rate of employability, as it has access to the job bank managed by Carnimad. Of the total number of students who made use of it, 90% have obtained a job opportunity in the sector, in charcuterie, poultry, offal, and, above all, butcher shops.

II Meeting of Women in the Meat Sector

Carnimad and Educarne celebrate next Monday, March 8, in online format, the second edition of an event that seeks, precisely, to value women in the sector, pay tribute to them, and give visibility to those female success stories that, They are not only worthy of admiration but also serve as inspiration to many women who are looking for a job opportunity and who, perhaps, had a wrong or inaccurate idea of ​​what it meant to work in professions related to the meat sector.

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