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. To find out more about the Advanced Butcher Apprenticeship see the Advanced Butcher Standard.
FDQ are approved by the ESFA to deliver EPA for the Advanced Butcher apprenticeship. The assessment instruments include:
To see what's invloved in the Advanced Butcher end-point assessment download our handy guide.
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.
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