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Abattoir Worker

Managing animals before and during the slaughtering process.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


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

Typical length
16 months
Current funding band
Up to £6,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer. Must be over 18 years of age.

What apprentices will learn
  • humanely killing and preparing livestock
  • preparing carcasses before they are sold to retailers
  • empathy and respect for animals
  • animal welfare and stress prevention
  • process and function in the slaughter process

Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must have:

  • achieved level 1 English and maths (equivalent to GCSE grades 3 to 1 or D to G)
  • taken level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSE grades 9 to 4 or A* to C)
Professional registration

Level 2 Award for Proficiency in Protecting the Welfare of Animals at Time of Killing (WATOK).

How apprentices are assessed

A government-approved organisation must assess apprentices towards the end of their apprenticeship.

This end-point assessment ensures apprentices achieve the skills, training and any qualifications necessary to complete their apprenticeship.

You can download the assessment plan from the Institute for Apprenticeships. There are no end-point assessment organisations for this apprenticeship yet. Please email if you urgently need an end-point assessment organisation.

More Information

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