Butcher Apprenticeship Level 2

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This programme will allow students to work in butchery which is a highly skilled profession. Butchers display understanding about a range of meat species and the various techniques needed to process and produce products.

Course Information

With this apprenticeship, you will learn knife and craft skills to produce the most cuts to make every carcass profitable. In addition, you will cut, prepare, package and present meat products to the standards required of businesses and specialist needs of consumers. Qualified butchers can enjoy rewarding careers in a range of environments with different types of employers.


Benefits / Skills

  • Demonstrating awareness and adherence to health and safety regulations
  • Carrying out a range of practical butchery tasks
  • Producing meat or poultry products
  • Using machinery and other relevant equipment
  • Working as part of a team to meet deadlines
  • Maintaining product quality
  • Communicating effectively with customers, suppliers and colleagues
  • Entry Requirements

    The employer will agree entry requirements for these apprenticeships and these will depend on the role that they are advertising.

    Please check that you meet all essential criteria before applying for a position, you can find the details of these on the full vacancy description (links below). If you are unsure about this please contact the Apprenticeship Recruitment Team on 0113 284 6464.

    Career Progression

    Apprentice Butcher

    As an apprentice butcher you will weigh, wrap and display cuts of meat. In addition, you will cut or prepare meat to specifications, keep inventory of stock, and clean equipment and work areas to maintain health and safety standards.

    Progression opportunities

    Below are some Leeds City College apprenticeships you could potentially progress on to once you have completed this programme:

  • Advanced Butcher Apprenticeship Level 3
  • Production Chef Apprenticeship Level 2
  • Team Leader/Supervisor Apprenticeship Level 3
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    Course Details

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    Full time

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    Course Facts


    Butchery is one of the oldest professions in the world dating as far back as 1272.

    Extra Curriculum

    92.7% of apprentices who used our recruitment service would recommend it to a friend.

    Labour Market

    Butchery is considered a fine art, as they are trained in a number of special methods.

    Course FAQs

    How do I know that the employer environment is safe?

    Leeds City College has a responsibility for the safeguarding for all of its learners. We conduct safety checks on all of our employers to ensure the environment our apprentices are working in is compliant with health and safety laws and has minimised any potential risks related to their job role.

    What do I do if I think my child is being bullied in the workplace?

    You can contact Leeds City College for advice and guidance on any workplace incidents that occur while your child is on programme. We can then refer you to relevant organisations that will be able to help you deal with employment-based issues.

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