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Apprentice Butcher Walter Smith (Farms) Ltd

Retail butcher to learn all aspects of artisan butchery. You will learn the importance of health and hygiene to a food business and to understand the principles of HACCP.

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Closing date: 05 Nov 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    39 hours a week (5 days over a 7 day week) Monday - Saturday 8am - 5pm, Sunday 8am - 4pm.

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Expected duration

    2 years

  • Possible start date

    06 Nov 2021

  • Date posted

    06 Jul 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

We are looking for an apprentice for our butchery to work 5 days per week over a 7 day rota. The apprentice will be trained in all aspects of modern artisan butchery, from carcass to seam butchery. 

You will learn the importance of health and hygiene to a food business and to understand the principles of HACCP. 

The tasks you will carry out will cover all aspects of a modern butchery:

  • Butchery
  • Sausage making
  • Bacon curing
  • Pie making
  • Dealing with deliveries
  • Serving customers
  • Paperwork
  • Cleaning
  • Packing products
  • Putting on counter displays

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • To be a good listener
  • To ask questions

Personal qualities

  • Good personal hygiene
  • Good time keeper
  • Enthusiastic

Desired qualifications

  • Numeracy
  • Literacy

Future prospects

For the right candidate, there is the potential to grow within the business.

Things to consider

Butchery can be hard physical work, in the winter it can be a cold environment to work in. Butchery is a skills shortage, so if you are proficient and qualified you can earn a good living.

About the employer

There are three areas to our business - our farm with its Pedigree Limousin herd; our farm shop which is renowned for its meat (which is the core of our business) and also its fresh fruit and veg, onsite baked pies and cakes; and our farm shop cafe which sells many of the products available in our shop.

We have a total of 45 staff and 7 butchers.


Walter Smith (Farms) Ltd


Chase Farm

Weeford Road

Sutton Coldfield

B75 5RL

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Training provider

M.E.A.T Ipswich Limited

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Meat East Anglia Trades (Ipswich) Ltd


Hannah (MEAT Ipswich) 01473270757

Level 2 Butchery Apprenticeship standard which includes:

  • Butchery
  • Manufacture of sausages, bacon, pies
  • Cleaning, displaying and packing
  • Customer Service
  • Level 2 Awards in Food Safety and Health & Safety

Apprenticeship standard


Level 2 (GCSE)

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