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Join the award-winning Butchery Apprenticeship Programme at ABP Langport, where you will be supported and trained as a Beef Butcher. This practical based apprenticeship is about training for a real job, with real responsibility and real financial benefits.

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Closing date: 02 Jan 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 7am - 4pm with two half hour unpaid breaks

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    31 Jan 2022

  • Date posted

    18 Oct 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    6 available

ABP Langport is looking to recruit 6 apprentices this year to join their Award Winning “Best Company Training Scheme” which will commence in September. The award is endorsed by the Institute of Meat (IOM), the professional body for those working in the meat industry. We were awarded Bridgwater and Taunton College Apprentice Employer of the Year 2017 and in 2019 received the first Distinction for the College. As part of the programme, you will be supported by a full time trainer with additional support from the HR Team. The week is divided into 4 days spent hands-on in production on the butchery training line and 1-day theory study on site, supported by Bridgwater and Taunton College. Our flexible approach means that this can be carried out in the working environment. As part of the role you will learn various craft and knife skills used for cutting, boning, trimming and the principles of meat including knowledge associated with the carcase, by-products, primal, joints and muscles. You will gain an understanding of the meat sector, the handling of livestock and animal welfare. You will also be trained in health and food safety including hygiene both in personal terms and as part of the wider food sales/production environment. The apprenticeship is designed to equip you with the skills, knowledge and behaviours required by the butchery employers. When you complete your apprenticeship there are real career opportunities in the business with quick financial progression for those demonstrating the skills and motivation.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

• Have good hand/eye co-ordination • Be physically fit • Have a good attention to detail • Be committed

Personal qualities

• Ability to follow detailed instructions • Ability to work with your hands • Be self-motivated • Be reliable and have good time-keeping • Clean and tidy appearance • Hard working • Good communication skills

Desired qualifications

English and Maths at GCSE Grade D (or Functional Skills Level 1)

Future prospects

Move to general butchery or abattoir operative on completion of apprentice training. There are opportunities for quick financial progression for talented individuals and for future development as supervisors and managers where ability and desire to accept further responsibility is demonstrated. Training as a butcher provides you with a recognised trade, qualification and career options within the UK or further afield.

Things to consider

We expect staff to be reliable, on time, trustworthy and enthusiastic! You will be working in a chilled and regulated environment and must conform to stringent H&S and PPE requirements. Due to our location, applicants need to ensure they can get to and from work. As the apprenticeship progresses, there will be a requirement to start earlier. The pay will be £260/week. Pay will increase in line with piece rate levels when working on the line

About the employer

ABP UK is part of the ABP Food Group and processes around one million cattle each year. The company works with many of Europe’s largest supermarket chains and food retailers to ensure the highest quality beef is produced with full traceability from “farm to fork”. ABP Food Group currently employs in excess of 6,000 colleagues at a number of sites in Ireland, Northern Ireland, mainland UK and Poland. Our people are our greatest asset, and we depend upon them for the success of the Group. Because of this we are committed to supporting apprentices to join our business, to add value and make a real difference as part of the team. To read more visit our website.




The Tannery

Muchelney Road


TA10 9HG

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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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