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

    Study Type

    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

    What are apprenticeships?

    Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around employer needs that combine a qualification and employment. This means that you’ll have the opportunity to develop your skills to match requirements through a mixture of on and off the job learning. Many employers now prioritise practical work experience when recruiting staff. By studying an apprenticeship, you get the best of both worlds, you can achieve a recognised qualification while gaining that all-important practical experience. Even better, you’ll earn a wage while working and studying, what’s not to like?

    What are the minimum hours I can work on an apprenticeship?

    Apprenticeships are usually a minimum of 30 hours per week to qualify for funding. There are some cases where this can be lower, however, lowering hours would need to be discussed and agreed with the college prior to enrolment.

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