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What Our Students Say

“I’m working really well with my tutors – they’re really supportive and we just have a laugh. It’s like a really nice atmosphere. I think the facilities are really fantastic.”


“Before I came to Leeds City College, I was in school, I was in such a bad way at school, skiving lessons all the time, teachers always on my case, getting kicked out numerous times almost. So I applied for here just hoping to get on a course, I got accepted – it was entry Level 3. Dave was my tutor and I couldn’t have asked for anyone better as a tutor, because he just helped me. He helped me with every regard, with Maths and English, workshop work, the theory side of the workshop work – telling me how everything is and showing me what’s what.”


“So the tutors are great for a number of reasons – they’re casual, you don’t feel like you’re being forced to do anything that’s uncomfortable, they’re not strict, they’ll have a laugh with you if you want to and they know how to get stuff done when they need to if we’re on a bit of a time crunch, but they also know how to have a bit of fun and not put pressure on you – and they’re great, they’re always there to give you information if you need it for at-home tasks and they’re always on Google Hangouts to message you if you need anything and they get back to you really quickly.”


Did you know!

  • Butchery is one of the oldest professions in the world dating as far back as 1272.
  • 92.7% of apprentices who used our recruitment service would recommend it to a friend.
  • Butchery is considered a fine art, as they are trained in a number of special methods.

Course Information


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.


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 and 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.

    Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

    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
  • Course details

    Study Type: Full time
    Course Code: 71812-01

    Please note that for all courses starting on 9th September, there will be an induction week, WC 2nd September.

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