AT A GLANCE

Butchery is a highly skilled profession steeped in tradition and butchers will display understanding about a range of meat species and the various techniques needed to process and/or produce products. In addition, butchers will be able to cut, prepare, package and present meat products to the standards required of the business and specialist needs of commercial and/or consumers.

Employers include both processors and retailers. Processors range from multi-national processing businesses supplying meat or meat products to, for example: large food outlets, supermarkets and hotel chains; to smaller processors supplying for example, independent/local food businesses. Retailers could include supermarkets, independent retailers and farm shops. The distinct nature of these two specialisms means very few businesses can offer the full breadth of skills and therefore three options are available for this occupation;

  • Retail Butchers
  • Process Butchers
  • In-Store Butcher

The employment area will dictate the option pursued. Those with an entrepreneurial spirit may be particularly attracted to butchery as the sector relies on a high proportion of small businesses, offering the potential for experienced butchers to set up on their own.

Qualification:

Level 2

Level of Study:

Apprenticeships

Dates:

Flexible

Interview:

Yes

Location:

Work-based and college delivery

Duration:

24 months