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Level 2 Meat & Poultry Apprenticeship at Leeds City College

Course description

Most butchers work in retail. This could be in a high street butcher's shop or on the meat counter in a supermarket. The job is a mixture of product preparation and customer service.

Butchers also work in wholesale. In this part of the industry the butcher deals with the carcasses that arrive from abattoirs, preparing and storing the meat before it is sent on to retailers or wholesale customers (such as hotels and restaurants).

Course content

In order to achieve a full Apprenticeship you must successfully complete the different parts of the framework over 20 months.

This consists of sector related industry qualifications:

Competence and Knowledge qualification

FDQ Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Meat and Poultry Industry Skills

Mandatory Units

  • Understand how to carry out primal butchery of red meat in sales operations
  • Understand how to maintain workplace food safety standards in operations
  • Understand how to maintain workplace health and safety standards in food operations
  • Carry out secondary butchery of red meat in sales operations
  • Maintain workplace health & safety in food operations
  • Sharpen cutting tools for use in food operations
  • Maintain workplace food safety standards in operations
  • Carry out primal butchery of red meat in sales operations
  • Sell food products in a retail environment
  • Display meat and meat products in sales operations
  • Principles of butchery
  • Principles of technology in meat processing
  • Principles of HACCP based food safety systems
  • Produce portioned controlled raw meat products

Functional Skills qualifications

  • Level 1 Functional Skill in English
  • Level 1 Functional Skill in Maths

Employment Rights and Responsibilities

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Entry requirements

A rigorous recruitment and selections process is carried out to ensure that the aspiring apprentices are suited to enduring this exciting and challenging route of study. GCSE grade A-C in English and Maths would be an advantage.

However if you cannot provide evidence of this then you will be required to sit an online assessment test. Employment in a butchers establishment.


A wide range of assessment methods are used both in the classroom environment and workplace. Evidence reflects how you have carried out the process relating to your competence.

For example: The process that you carry out could be recorded in an observation or witness testimony. Products relating to your competence could be minutes of a meeting, e mails, letters, manufacturing instructions, photos and health and safety checks.

Different forms of questioning are carried out on an on-going part of the assessment process.

Future opportunities

Search and apply online for our current vacancies or alternatively you can complete the online application form or e-mail a copy of your cv to the Apprenticeship Recruitment Team.

Contact us on: T: 0113 216 2337 / 0113 308 7918


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 May 2017
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