The new Butcher Apprenticeship is designed to equip apprentices with the skills, knowledge and behaviours required by butchery employers. The Butcher Apprenticeship is endorsed by the Institute of Meat (IoM) – the professional body for those working in the meat industry. For the first time in its seventy year history the IoM has opened its doors to apprentice members. Highly respected in the meat industry, the new Apprentice Membership (App.Inst.M) will be automatic upon purchase of the FDQ apprentice logbook.
There are 3 components to the butcher apprenticeship: the training programme, mandatory qualifications and end point assessment.
FDQ apprentice logbook
FDQ have developed a ‘How to Guide’ for current and new customers who are interested in uploading their Level 2 Butchery Standard Log Books to the OneFile System, please click on the following link to access this guide. For further guidance on the OneFile software please email the EPA Team on EPA@FDQ.org.uk.
The table below provides details of each of the components of the standard. Group A and B provides further details on the mandatory and optional qualifications.
After months of development it is great to see FDQ be approved to deliver butchery end point assessments
Chair of the Butchery Employer Standard Group
Our end point assessments are fully independent providing absolute rigour and robust assessment against the butchery standard. All our assessments have been developed exclusively by food industry experts to meet current industry practice.
Butcher apprentices will need to complete and pass the following three end-point assessments:
Apprentices will not be able to complete these assessments until all the mandatory components listed above have been achieved.
End point assessments are undertaken in examination conditions, assessed by an FDQ appointed independent assessor and will be individually graded, as Fail, Pass or Excellence.
Our flexible approach means that they can be carried out in the working environment or at an independent assessment centre.
Group C in the table provides further detail on each of the three end-point assessments.
Having worked in the meat trade for almost half a century people often ask how I stay so motivated and interested in the business. That’s an easy question to answer – “because butchery is an exciting business to be in.”