Abattoir workers will need to possess knowledge, skills and behaviour. Butchery is a highly skilled profession steeped in tradition. During the apprenticeship you will be able to display understanding about arrange 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. Abattoir workers must hold a valid licence to operate which is known as a certificate of competence in order to comply with the Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (WATOK) legislation issued by the Food Standards Agency.
Abattoir Apprenticeship Standard
Abattoir Apprenticeship Standard
Abattoir workers need to be over 18, empathetic and respectful of animals. Teamwork and diligence are part and parcel of the role as well as upholding professional behavioural standards in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures. Those with Aptitude and dedication can progress to managing the slaughter-line or cutting/deboning operations, becoming an Animal Welfare Officer (AWO).
16 to 22 months, however everyone learns at different speeds you can complete in 12 months 18 months is the average.
To be entered onto gateway (exam ready) requirements are a log book and Award for Proficiency in Protecting the Welfare of Animals at Time of Killing (WATOK) level 2. In addition, apprentices without English and mathematics at level 2 must achieve level 1 English and mathematics and have taken the tests for level 2 prior to taking their End Point Assessment (EPA) . The EPA consists of 2 distinct assessment methods:
- Multiple choice test
- Observation with questioning
It is anticipated that both assessment methods will be taken on the same day however, that is not a requirement. Performance in the EPA will determine the apprenticeship grade of fail, pass or distinction.
Once you’ve successfully finished, you have plenty of choices. You could apply for another apprenticeship (advanced Butcher) or find a career that uses your new skills. Some of the top reasons for becoming an apprentice
- earn while you learn and get paid a competitive salary
- get high quality training paid for by your employer and the government.
Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any organisation to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.
You can further your career; the meat industry has many diverse parts all of which need skilled individuals.
Ensuring a safe and secure workplace, supporting and monitoring the apprentice through their journey.
Assisting in preparing the apprentice for your organisation. Making sure your apprentice is working in an appropriate environment. Finding the right pace of learning for your apprentice Working with you to make sure your apprentice is learning the relevant skills (Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours).
There is no set time, good news is you can start when you the apprentice and the employer are ready.
95% of the apprenticeship is funded by the government 5% by the employer. If the apprentice is under 19 100% of the cost is covered by central government. There are other parameters dependent on size of the business.
The fee for the Butcher Apprentice Standard is £9000 this is fully funded by central government if the apprentice is under 19 if the employer is not paying the apprenticeship levy. An added incentive for non-levy payers is if the apprentice is under 19 you will receive £1000 grant in staged payments from the government. If the apprentice is over 18 non levy payers will be asked to contribute 5% of the fee so for level 2 this amounts to £450