Advanced Butcher Apprenticeship gets government approval
Published:  20 October, 2016

The Butchery Employer Trailblazer Group (BETG) has received final government approval for the Advanced Butcher Apprenticeship. 

The approval comes just three months on from its original submission.

The new apprenticeship is designed to “provide clear routes for career progression”, with a view to helping businesses retain talented staff. The apprenticeship covers three pathways, making it suitable for employees working in independent retail shops, in-store supermarket butchery departments or meat processing plants.


Apprentices achieving the Advanced Butchery Standard will be expected to be capable of taking responsibility within their particular business. This could mean managing staff within retail butchers, running a production line in a processing plant or being accountable for achieving sales targets in an in-store butchery department.

As well as essentials like advanced cutting skills, the apprenticeship will also develop expertise in all aspects of health & safety practice and management systems. The apprentice will need to achieve three mandatory Level 3 qualifications in Food Safety Supervision, HACCP and Health & Safety.

Completion of the apprenticeship is expected to take just under two years from start to finish.

Following a successful appeal led by the Food and Drink Training and Education Council (ftc), the Advanced Butcher Apprenticeship will also attract increased funding, with the maximum state funding available now £8,000, which based on the same co-investment model as the Level 2 Standard, equalling a total training fund of £12,000.

As with the Level 2 apprenticeship, employers will also have the freedom to negotiate prices for training with training providers.

Terry Fennell, ftc’s director of operations, who helped design the new Standard, praised the efforts of the employer group, which met 14 times to bring both the Level 2 and Advanced Butcher Apprenticeships to market.

“Thanks to their dedication we have been able to unshackle the meat industry from a framework that delivered neither the funding nor the skills they needed. Companies now have properly funded, ‘fit for purpose’ training to develop capable staff and drive their businesses forward.”

Employers seeking advice on how to enrol butchers on the new apprenticeship, or how to find training providers, are advised to contact Terry Fennell at terry.fennell@foodtraining.org.uk.