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.
From receiving animals in the strictly controlled handling (lairage) facility and through the slaughter process, abattoir workers need to be empathetic and respectful of animals. Team work and diligence is part and parcel of the role as well as upholding professional behavioural standards in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedures. Those with aptitude and dedication can progress to managing the slaughter-line/de-boning operations, becoming an Animal Welfare Officer (AWO).
Duration: 16-22 months
Funding Band: £6000
Training Programme: The apprentice must develop the core knowledge, skills and behaviours outlined in the Abattoir Worker Standard plus the mandatory qualifications before applying for end-point assessment.
Level 3 Diploma in Food and Drink Operations
Level 2 Mathematics
Level 2 English
Standard Number: STO418
End Point Assessment (EPA)
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.
These are work-based qualifications, which are usually delivered and assessed in the workplace; they are especially popular with employers as they can be undertaken during the working day, and require minimal time