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This is a fantastic opportunity to join a long established and highly respected team of butchers. Walter Smith is an award-winning fine food retailer that has been established since 1885. The successful candidate will train and learn traditional craft butchery skills along with modern retailing techniques.

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Closing date: 31 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £10,004.80 to £19,760.00

    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

    Working week will be 40 hours total per week during a 5-day week (to include weekends). Hours worked will be approx. 8.00am - 5.00pm with a 1 hour break during the day (this may vary slightly on the store opening and closing times).

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    40 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    09 May 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The job role will include the following duties:

Receiving deliveries, inspecting, and storage of the goods

Prepare and place meat and delicatessen foods on display in the serve over counters, so they appear attractive and displayed to the company standard to attract customers

Prepare cuts of meats and foods that have been ordered by customers

Cleaning the preparation and display areas that are used to maintain a safe and hygienic working environment

To work as part of a close team to ensure the company's vision is met

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Butcher level 2.

Full training will be provided on an on-going basis by your employer and training provider, Time spent training will be part of the agreed contracted hours of the working week. You will learn essential manual and knife skills over the course of the programme. You will also gain the following qualifications:

- Health and Safety Level 2

- Food Safety Level 2

- Knife Skills Level 2

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Following the apprenticeship there may be an opportinity to progess into a full time Advance Butcher Apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Team working, Passionate about fine foods, Flexible approach to learning


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3/D) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3/D) Desired

Things to consider

You will be working in a chilled environment and are expected to be active for long periods of time. The ability to handle meat is essential to the role as well as using a knife and other equipment safely.

About the employer

Walter Smith have been providing quality meat, quality service and quality people since 1885. We are famous for our Great Taste Supreme Champion pork pie and many other pies and meat products. We supply products that our customers can trust and rely on, we give advice that is knowledgeable and service you can rely on. The award winning products are benchmarked by our peers and are nationally recognised, including winning apprenticeship training provider of the year.




4A Woodmansterne Lane



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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard


Level 2 (GCSE)

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