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Apprenticeship training course

Abattoir worker (level 2)

Managing animals before and during the slaughtering process.

Qualification level
Equivalent to GCSE.
Typical duration
16 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Take responsibility for their own and others’ health and safety in the work area, including personal protective equipment (PPE) hygiene and safety
  • Demonstrate basic safe and hygienic operational and maintenance practices with machinery and equipment such as cleaning, sharpening, lubrication
  • Carry out lairage in accordance with standard operating procedures (SOPs) by demonstrating techniques and skills in animal welfare, handling and
  • Fulfil the requirement for accurate recording of essential information impacting on animal welfare or potential meat production quality issues
  • Carry out the process of stunning, shackling and bleeding using skills and procedures that have regard for animal welfare, safety and hygienic practice
  • Carry out the dressing process (flaying/skinning/scalding) using skills to avoid tears and cut damage to subcutaneous tissue and avoiding visual carcase contamination
  • Carry out the process of evisceration by removing green and red offal in sequence using skills and practices that avoid where possible contamination of carcase/offal’s including carcase splitting where appropriate.
  • Contribute to problem solving and the continuous improvement of abattoir operations.

Full information on Abattoir worker (level 2) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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