Butchery is one of the oldest crafts in the world and is where innovation meets tradition to create an industry which plays a critical role in our economy.
These apprenticeship standards have been designed to fully prepare English apprentices for careers in a vast range of butchery environments and businesses; from the largest processors and supermarkets to the smallest high street butchers and independent farm shops.
Bakers work in one of the largest, most dynamic and fastest growing sectors of the food industry. Every day bakers make and sell millions of loaves of bread and baked foods such as cakes, pies, pastries and biscuits.
This level 2 apprenticeship standard is designed to fully prepare English apprentices for careers in a wide range of bakery environments – from traditional family bakers to large automated bakery plants to those working in supermarkets.
The food industry is worth £96.1 billion to the UK economy, making it a fantastic place to build an exciting and diverse career. As an industry it is packed with big brands, fast moving work and great career paths.
This apprenticeship standard is designed to fully prepare apprentices to work within the food and drink manufacturing industry. Apprentices successfully achieving their Food and Drink Process Operator apprenticeship will have proven they possess the skills, knowledge and behaviours required by manufacturers throughout the country.
Fishmongers are the face of the British seafood industry, an industry which generates annual sales of over £6.2 billion. A qualified fishmonger isn’t only highly skilled at cutting and preparing fish, but also provides first-rate customer service and is a recognised expert on fish and shellfish.
The Level 2 Fishmonger standard prepares apprentices for working in a range of environments, from supermarket fish counters to independent fishmongers, at home or abroad. Talented fishmongers may even go on to set up their own businesses.
The red meat abattoir industry employs around 6,000 workers and makes a net contribution to the UK economy of over £1.67bn.
A strictly regulated industry, abattoir workers must uphold professional behavioural standards at all times. The abattoir apprenticeship is designed to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours required both by the standard and by employers in the red meat slaughter industry.
Successful apprentices will not only be competent and disciplined workers but may aspire to progress their career. Further opportunities in the abattoir industry include: managing a slaughter-line, supervising the cutting and de-boning operations or even becoming an Animal Welfare Officer (AWO).
The meat industry today is diverse, fast moving and worth billions to the UK economy. Advanced Butchers may find themselves taking responsibility for a production line in a large meat processing plant, running an independent butchers shop or managing a major supermarket’s meat counter. The key word is ‘responsibility’.
The Level 3 Advanced Butcher Apprenticeship is designed to prepare butchers to take responsibility, whichever business they’re in. As well as high level butchery skills they’ll develop the managerial and technical skills needed to contribute to profitability, and the safe, efficient operation of the business.
Owen Smith learning lamb butchery skills at MEAT Ipswich butchery school.
Owen Smith (18) has become our 100th successful EPA candidate. Owen trained for his butchery apprenticeship with MEAT Ipswich, where his trainer, Stuart Davis, said of him,
"Owen is a pleasant and very well mannered young man. Owen has gained confidence throughout his apprenticeship and has applied his learning to practical situations at his place of work, enabling him to adapt certain practices to suit the needs of the company. "
Originally studying for ‘A’ levels, Owen realised the academic route wasn’t for him, so applied for an apprentice butcher job with Ansell and Sons in Maldon, Essex. Though at first he struggled working a 39 hour week he enjoyed the butchery training, especially as he was being paid to learn! Since completing his butchery apprenticeship and end-point assessment he has become an integral part of the team. He loves interacting with people and feels he learns something new every day.
Now more than ever apprenticeships are a great way of bringing new people into your team, or developing the skills of existing staff. On 1st April employer contributions were halved from 10% to 5%. This means the Government funds 95% of the apprenticeship training costs. In some circumstances 100% of training costs are covered. Talk to one of our friendly team to find out more.Read more
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The achievements of apprentices, their training providers and employers were celebrated on the 21st February at the IoM annual prize-giving, at The Painters Hall, London.