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Fish and Meat Skills Training School
Tel: +44 (0)1473 270757

Meat Skills Training School

Tel: +44 (0)1473 270757


The Fish/Shellfish Apprenticeship is designed for those wishing to work towards a Level 2 Certificate within the fish and shellfish industry. It covers various aspects of competence in a range of practical skills.

If you work with fish, in fish management or fish wholesalers, fish preparation or fish frying this is the qualification for you.

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 fish retail unit to a training package for 200 staff in customer service.

Some of us enjoyed school and some of us did not. Whichever the case, an Apprenticeship can get you a valuable qualification. An Apprenticeship in the meat industry is a full-time job with structured training and teaching towards a Level 2.

How much will I earn?

It will be at least minimum wage and usually a lot more.  Currently the national minimum wage (reviewed every April) is:

£8.21 - aged 25 years and over

£7.70 - workers 21 - 24

£6.15 - 18 - 20 years

£4.35 - 16 - 18 years

£3.90 - Apprenticeship wage for learners aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their Apprenticeship

The quicker you learn the quicker your wage will increase.

How do I learn and get qualified?

A training plan is drawn up with your yourself, your employer and a MEAT assessor. MEAT will train you on skills and assess the skills you have already.

Your assessor will visit you regularly to assess your practical skills, review your progress and set objectives with you and your employer. You are given a portfolio with training DVDs and workbooks to complete.

What are the entry requirements

In order to join the Apprenticeship you will need to be keen, motivated, show initiative and be literate and numerate (although in some cases additional support can be given).

Please understand that the Apprenticeship is suitable for those who are prepared to work hard and organise themselves in order to meet agreed objectives (there is homework involved). This is a demanding qualification but it will prove invaluable if you want a progressive career within the meat/food industry.

Will I get help if I need it?

Yes, we will help you every step of the way (before, during and after the course). Whilst you are on the course we will call you every 2 weeks to offer support during regular tutorials over the telephone. You can always contact MEAT whenever you may need to by telephone or by email.

Will I have to go to college?

No, we carry out all the assessments at your workplace, but you can attend the Ipswich Centre if you would like to, which is easily accessible by all modes of transport and also has ample parking.

What qualifications will I get?

A Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills and Functional Skills Certificates in English and Maths. Once you have completed all mentioned you will be presented with an Apprenticeship Certificate.

How long does it take?

A lot depends on you - how quickly you learn. Usually 13 - 18 months.

What are the qualifications worth?

Equivalent to 5 GCSE grades A-C.

Can I get more qualifications?

Yes. You can progress to the Advanced Apprenticeship - Level 3 Certificate for Proficiency in Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills, HACCP Level 2 and Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths and you will need to attend Ipswich 4 times a year for 3 days.

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