The Advanced Butcher apprenticeship develops responsible, senior level butchers, capable of progressing not only in butchery but other roles in the meat industry, including: sales, training, production and retail management. Advanced Butchers are multi-skilled; precision knife skills are only part of their skillset. The apprenticeship is set at level 3 and takes between 18-24 months to complete.
There are 3 components to the apprenticeship: the training programme, mandatory qualifications and end-point assessment (EPA).
Advanced butchery apprentices will need to complete a training programme designed to cover the core knowledge, skills and behaviours required by the Standard. Apprentices choose from a retail, processing plant or supermarket in-store specialism, to ensure the skills developed are best suited to their work environment. For detail of the advanced butcher apprenticeship programme see the ‘Purpose and Structure’ document in the box below.
FDQ are approved by the ESFA to deliver EPA for the Advanced Butcher apprenticeship. The Advanced Butcher assessment plan, which is used to design the EPA, is currently under routine review by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA). This is part of the IfA’s commitment to regular reviews to ensure apprenticeship assessment plans remain relevant and up to date. We expect the review to be concluded by the Autumn, at which point we’ll make the required EPA adaptations asap. In the meantime it’s business as usual!
For further advice, or to book an EPA, please either contact us at EPA@FDQ.org.uk or call us on 0113 3970 395 to speak to a member of our friendly team.