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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
FDQ Ltd 0113 3970321
Occupational Awards Limited 01235 432 032