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Butchery Trailblazer Apprenticeship


This apprenticeship is designed to operate as the professional standard for people working as a Butcher. This apprenticeship has been created by the Butchery industry and is the best the industry has had in over 100 years.

The apprenticeship has returned to a more ‘craft’ led style with a traditional mix of knowledge and skills as well as learning how to display key behaviours expected from those working as a butcher.

At the end of the 18 month Level 2 programme, you will be ‘tested’ on your mastery of cutting skills and industry knowledge by an independent assessor to ensure you have met the butchery standard.

How The Apprenticeship Works

Key Facts

Duration: 18 to 24 months. Less if transferred from the old Meat & Poultry Apprenticeship.

Level: This Standard is set at Level 2 with Level 1 functional skills.

Qualification: Apprentices will achieve:

  • QCF L2 Food Safety Award
  • QCF L2 Health & Safety Award
  • QCF L2 Knife Skills Award
  • Professional Butchery Certificate


  • Practical Butchery Skills Training
  • Functional Skills (if needed)
  • Log Book
  • Final Assessment

Final Grade: Fail, Pass or Excellence

Professional Reg: Automatic membership of the Institute of Meat (IOM).

Progression: On completion of the Level 2 Butchery Standard, suitably able Butchers will have the opportunity to progress to Level 3 and Higher Apprenticeships in Butchery occupations. Ultimately leading to Master Butcher.

Who is this suitable for: This apprenticeship is suitable for anyone over the age of 16, looking to become a qualified butcher.

Where do I sign up: Go back top the top of this page and fill in the form on the right.


Farm Visits


Group Study


Team Building


Abattoir Visits


Practical Skills Training


Final Assessments