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

Meat Skills Training School

Tel: +44 (0)1473 270757

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.

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

How do I learn and get qualified?

A log book will be issued to yourself, which you will have to work through and achieve the criteria, subjects include health and safety, food safety, practical butchery and more. 

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. The Apprenticeship must be completed while learning on the job.

Once you have completed the log book you will have to complete the end point assessments to gain your certificate. The end point assessment consists of 3 separate components; practical exam, multiple choice exam and a professional discussion, all 3 have to be passed in order for you to receive your certificate.

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.  This is a demanding qualification but it will prove invaluable if you want a progressive career within the meat/food industry.

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 Apprenticeship Standards in Butchery and Functional Skills Certificates in English and Maths (if not achieved prior to enrolment). 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 Meat and Poultry 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 day blocks.

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