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MEAT Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships lead to a Level 2 or Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard in Butchery and a Level 1 or 2 in Functional Skills.

If you are keen to enter the world of work but don’t want to stop studying, then an Apprenticeship could be the answer.


Apprenticeships offer a practical balance between learning new skills and earning a living.

We offer bespoke training using modern interactive materials which can be tailored to match the needs of our customers.  This can be anything from setting up a butchery retail unit to a training package for 200 staff in customer service.

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Employer Information


Contact us to discuss if this is right for you.


All you have to do is complete the job description template with hours of work, rate of pay and email it back to us.


We receive abbreviated applications and forward them on to you.


It is very important that we have the information to advise young people if an employer is interested in them. It is very upsetting to apply for a job and hear nothing.


Arrange a trial period of 4 - 8 weeks; we would suggest initially 25-30 hours a week.


If you would like us to help you recruit a young person we can assist you recruiting via the National Apprenticeship website.


We post your vacancy on the National Apprenticeship Service website.


If none of these are suitable please advise us within a week or ask for contact details of any candidate you may be interested in, let us know via email.


Our advice is to hold an information session for a small group of candidates (usually works better than an interview session), show them around the premises, explain the job role, supply PPC and let them do a simple task e.g. stamping out burgers, linking sausages, putting sticks into kebabs. 


Wages - at least minimum wage and review every 6 months, which is the incentives for learners to gain skills rapidly and become even more enthusiastic. 

Thinking about taking on an Apprentice?

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Excellent news! Another young butcher to help fill the skills gap. The average age of a butcher is 65, therefore we must train more butchers or face the dire consequences for the industry.


Contact us so we can discuss the butchery apprenticeship programme with you, provide you with the Employer's Guide and explain the funding and eligibility criteria. We can then plan the next stage together.