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Apprentice Butcher Castle Howard Estate Ltd

To learn the skill of the butchery within a fast paced butchery department while maintaining the highest possible standards of customer service.

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Closing date: 31 Oct 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Working 5 days over 7 with approximate start and finish times of 7.30am to 4.30pm. Weekend work will be required.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    14 Nov 2021

  • Date posted

    13 May 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

  • ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Interact with customers and suggest the best way to cook meat
  • Assisting with the procurement of meat and meat products
  • Preparation and processing of meat and meat products
  • Preparation and packaging of orders
  • Preparation and servicing and retail development of Castle Howards Farm Shop
  • Set up shop ensuring that all displays a well presented and items packed away using correct storage conditions
  • Issue and demonstration of safe working procedures for tools and equipment
  • Maintain effectiveness of tools and equipment
  • Ensure a safe working environment to meet Food Hygiene requirements
  • Ensure a hygienic working environment to Food Hygiene requirements
  • Cleaning down at close of day is essential and required

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Team working
  • Comfortable dealing with the public
  • The successful candidate will need to have the ability to work independently without the need for close supervision
  • We are looking for someone who is a good communicator
  • You will be required to work to deadlines, with good time management
  • The successful candidate will be organised and have a good attention to detail

Personal qualities

  • Candidate must be enthusiastic
  • Candidate must be confident in dealing with people at all levels
  • Candidate must be punctual and reliable
  • The vacancy is based in a small team and the candidate will be expected to work using their own initiative
  • The candidate must be dedicated to completing the apprenticeship qualifications
  • A hard working individual who has a proactive approach to their work, with good attention to detail

Desired qualifications

  • No experience required as full training will be given
  • No qualifications required as full training will be given
  • No qualifications required as full training will be given but candidate should have basic literacy and numeracy skills

Future prospects

Possibility of full time employment on successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Things to consider

  • A CRB check will be undertaken if you are successful for this role
  • Shift / evening work is required
  • Weekend work is required
  • The vacancy is based in a rural area and public transport links are minimal. You will need to ensure that you can access the employer and training provider in line with the hours of work

Rates of pay:  

  • £6.00 per hour under 18
  • £6.56 per hour 18 - 20 years
  • £7.55 per hour 21 years +

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week). For more information please visit:

About the employer

Castle Howard is a stately home in North Yorkshire, England, located 15 miles north of York. It is a private residence and has been the home of the Carlisle branch of the Howard family for more than 300 years. Our farm shop Butchery department, a part of our Farm shop operation, has been serving customers for the last 15 years with the ethos of serving the highest quality locally sourced meats to customers.  


Castle Howard Estate Ltd


Castle Howard


YO60 7DA

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Bishop Burton College


Michelle Bailey

  • Intermediate (Level 2) Butchery Apprenticeship Standard
  • English and maths (if required)
  • Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Meat and Poultry Industry Skills
  • Level 2 Food Safety Award
  • Level 2 Health and Safety in the Food Supply Chain Award
  • Level 2 Knife Skills Award
  • Life skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Support and training to enable your career progression throughout your apprenticeship and beyond

Apprenticeship standard


Level 2 (GCSE)

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