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Apprentice Butcher The Butchers At Darts Farm Ltd

We have a fantastic opportunity for a driven, dynamic and enthusiastic individual to learn the traditional skill of artisan butchery and join our award-winning team here at Darts Farm.

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Closing date: 26 Sep 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

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

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Darts is open 7 days a week Monday -Saturday 8am-7pm and Sunday 9:30am-4:30pm, so hours can be flexible.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    11 Oct 2021

  • Date posted

    10 Sep 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

Full overview:

To start off, you’ll predominately be in the production side of the butchery, learning about all of the different cuts of meat and discovering where they come from on different animals. 

You’ll be expected to help out with the daily running of the butchery including: 

  • Sausage making
  • Packing meat
  • Preparing online orders
  • General cleaning duties

We are passionate about home-grown and local, high quality meat and pride ourselves on delivering excellent customer service and we are looking for an individual who shares these values. You will have the ability to multi-task and prioritise your responsibilities, have a practical, can-do attitude and the initiative to self-motivate within a dynamic team and fast-paced environment. As your knowledge and skills develop, so will the role!

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Deliver customer service to a high standard
  • Good communication skills

Personal qualities

  • Punctual
  • Reliable
  • Clean and tidy appearance
  • Hardworking
  • Confident with customers

Desired qualifications

  • GCSEs in the A*-E or 9–3 range or equivalent

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for the applicant. Employers who recruit candidates without English and maths at GCSE (or equivalent) Grade D/3 (or Functional Skills Level 1) or above must ensure that the candidate achieves this level before the apprenticeship standard can be awarded to the individual.

Future prospects

Potential to secure a full-time position as a qualified butcher on completion of your apprenticeship and continue to develop your skills and career.

Things to consider

The hours will be discussed at interview.

About the employer

Darts Farm is a vibrant, nationally award-winning Farm Shop based on the Exe Estuary just outside of Topsham. A unique lifestyle shopping experience with a working farm at its heart, Darts Farm showcases the best food and drink the region has to offer and is home to a selection of handpicked specialist retailers. These include The AGA Shop, Fired Earth, Orange Tree, Cotswold, RSPB, Energy Hair and the Treatment Loft. With a successful online business and over 20,000 visitors a week, Darts Farm pride themselves on exceptional customer experience and a warm, friendly atmosphere around the store, enhanced by a hands-on management, family involvement and passionate members of staff.


The Butchers At Darts Farm Ltd


Darts Farm



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Training provider

Bridgwater & Taunton College

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Bridgwater & Taunton College

Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard - Butchery:

  • Level 2 Standard Butchery - Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours
  • Level 2 Food Safety Award
  • Level 2 FDQ Award in Knife Skills for Food Processing
  • FDQ L2 Award in Health and Safety in the Food Supply Chain Business
  • FDQ L2 Award in Food Safety for Manufacturing (Meat and Poultry)
  • Functional Skills in maths and English if required (exemptions apply)

Apprenticeship standard


Level 2 (GCSE)

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