The new Butcher Apprenticeship is designed to equip apprentices with the skills, knowledge and behaviours required by butchery employers. The Butcher Apprenticeship is endorsed by the Institute of Meat (IoM) – the professional body for those working in the meat industry. For the first time in its seventy year history the IoM has opened its doors to apprentice members. Highly respected in the meat industry, the new Apprentice Membership (App.Inst.M) will be automatic upon purchase of the FDQ apprentice logbook.
There are 3 components to the butcher apprenticeship: the training programme, mandatory qualifications and end point assessment.
FDQ apprentice logbook
FDQ have developed a ‘How to Guide’ for current and new customers who are interested in uploading their Level 2 Butchery Standard Log Books to the OneFile System, please click on the following link to access this guide. For further guidance on the OneFile software please email the EPA Team on EPA@FDQ.org.uk.
To find out more about the Butcher Apprenticeship see the Butchery Standard.
After months of development it is great to see FDQ be approved to deliver butchery end point assessments
Chair of the Butchery Employer Standard Group
Our end point assessments are fully independent providing absolute rigour and robust assessment against the butchery standard. All our assessments have been developed exclusively by food industry experts to meet current industry practice.
Butcher apprentices will need to complete and pass the following three end-point assessments:
Apprentices will not be able to complete these assessments until all the mandatory components listed above have been achieved.
End point assessments are undertaken in examination conditions, assessed by an FDQ appointed independent examiner and will be individually graded, as Fail, Pass or Excellence.
Our flexible approach means that they can be carried out in the working environment or at an independent assessment centre.
For more information on the butchery end-point assessment download our handy guide here.
Still have a question about butchery end-point assessment? Call one of our friendly team on 0113 3970 395 or email us at EPA@fdq.org.uk
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