The abattoir worker apprenticeship is designed to train apprentices to work safely and efficiently, with high regard for animal welfare and health and hygiene practices. It is expected to take between 16-22 months to complete the apprenticeship.
There are 3 components to the apprenticeship: the training programme, mandatory qualifications and end-point assessment.
Apprentices will complete a training programme designed to equip them with the key knowledge, skills and behaviours required by the abattoir apprenticeship standard. The standard covers the apprentices core obligations, from receiving animals in lairage to their humane slaughter and hygienic evisceration. For detail of the abattoir worker standard see the ‘Purpose and Structure’ document in the box below.
* Abattoir workers must hold a valid licence to operate, known as a Certificate of Competence (CoC) that is granted by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), to comply with WATOK (Welfare of Animals at Time of Killing) legislation. To obtain this licence, apprentices must achieve the Level 2 WATOK award, which is a mandatory accredited qualification within the apprenticeship.
Apprentices must also attempt Level 2 English and Maths before completing their end-point assessment. Success at this level is not a requirement of the apprenticeship though.
EPA services for this apprenticeship are now being developed and will be available later this year – well ahead of time for the first abattoir apprentices to undertake them.
To find out more about the abattoir apprenticeship, its EPA or the WATOK qualification, talk to one of our friendly team on 0113 3970 395, or e-mail us at fdq@FDQ.org.uk