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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.

Requirements

There are 3 components to the butcher apprenticeship: the training programme, mandatory qualifications and end point assessment.

Training programme

  • Apprentices will need to complete a training programme designed to cover the 4 mandatory standard components: core knowledge, butchery skills, behaviours and either retail or process butchery specialism. All apprentices will be required to complete and submit a logbook to demonstrate learning and achievement prior to end point assessment.

FDQ apprentice logbook

  • The FDQ butcher logbook, compiled by meat industry experts, is an easy to follow ‘step by step’ guide through the apprenticeship. Recording how the standard is met in the logbook not only provides the necessary evidence of achievements but also helps cement the apprentice’s learning. Once completed it is a valuable reference tool in preparations for end point assessments. FDQ Approved centres can order theirs here. Alternatively if you are not a centre, contact FDQ on 0113 3970 395 or by email at fdq@fdq.org.uk 

Mandatory qualifications

  • Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Manufacturing or Meat and Poultry
  • Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Food Supply Chain Business
  • Level 2 Award in Knife Skills for Food Processing
  • Level 1 English
  • Level 1 Mathematics

The table below provides details of each of the components of the standard. Group A and B provides further details on the mandatory and optional qualifications.

After months of development it is great to see FDQ be approved to deliver butchery end point assessments

Lucianne Allen

Chair of the Butchery Employer Standard Group

Butcher end point assessment

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:

  • theory of butchery test
  • butcher practical assessment
  • vocational competence discussion supported by the apprentice's butchery logbook.

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 assessor 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. 

Group C in the table provides further detail on each of the three end-point assessments.

Butcher apprenticeship standard

Purpose and structure
End-point assessment

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