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Working in a butchers, butchery department or meat processing plant.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


2 (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)

Typical length
18 months
Current funding band
Up to £9,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

None specified

What apprentices will learn
  • butchery principles - including meat and poultry species and selection and supply chain and slaughter practices - for example Halal and Kosher
  • knife skills - including cutting, boning, trimming and mincing of meat
  • health and safety practices, food safety and hygiene and key legislation
  • processing and production techniques - including preparing and packaging meat
  • using specialist tools and machinery - including hand saws, cleavers, banding needles, meat cutters and slicers
  • business profitability and maximising productivity, efficiency and customer care
  • specialist retail shop or processing plant butchery skills
  • level 2 award in food safety supervision for manufacturing (QCF)
  • level 2 award in health and safety in the food supply chain business (QCF)
  • level 2 award in knife skills (QCF)

Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must:

  • achieve level 1 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades D to G)
  • take the test for level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)
Professional registration

Apprentices will be automatically eligible for an appropriate level of membership with the Institute of Meat (IoM).

End-Point Assessment
View a list of end-point assessment organisations for this standard
Organisation Phone Number Email
Occupational Awards Limited 01235 432 032
FDQ Ltd 0113 3970321
More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.