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 details of the abattoir apprenticeship see the standard and download the assessment plan here.
* 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.
FDQ are approved by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to deliver end-point assessment for the abattoir apprenticeship. This means we'll now be able to offer everything from qualification registrations right through to WATOK and end-point assessment. Services are in development for the abattoir end-point assessment and will be available Spring 2019 - well ahead of time for apprentices working towards the Abattoir Apprenticeship Standard.
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 EPA@FDQ.org.uk
Alternatively, download our handy guide to the Abattoir EPA here.
Owen Smith learning lamb butchery skills at MEAT Ipswich butchery school.
Owen Smith (18) has become our 100th successful EPA candidate. Owen trained for his butchery apprenticeship with MEAT Ipswich, where his trainer, Stuart Davis, said of him,
"Owen is a pleasant and very well mannered young man. Owen has gained confidence throughout his apprenticeship and has applied his learning to practical situations at his place of work, enabling him to adapt certain practices to suit the needs of the company. "
Originally studying for ‘A’ levels, Owen realised the academic route wasn’t for him, so applied for an apprentice butcher job with Ansell and Sons in Maldon, Essex. Though at first he struggled working a 39 hour week he enjoyed the butchery training, especially as he was being paid to learn! Since completing his butchery apprenticeship and end-point assessment he has become an integral part of the team. He loves interacting with people and feels he learns something new every day.
Now more than ever apprenticeships are a great way of bringing new people into your team, or developing the skills of existing staff. On 1st April employer contributions were halved from 10% to 5%. This means the Government funds 95% of the apprenticeship training costs. In some circumstances 100% of training costs are covered. Talk to one of our friendly team to find out more.Read more