We are a local and family-run business that has been operating for over 100 years. We are looking for an apprentice to whom we can provide a wealth of knowledge to understand the butchery sector. This is a chance to work in a fast-paced environment and gain a variety of skills related to meat, knife skills and food production, while providing customer service.

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Closing date: 26 Sep 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual 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

    07.30am-17.30pm Monday to Friday and 07.30am-17:00pm on Saturday. Sunday and one other day off. 40 hours per week. There may be more hours available depending on how many hours a candidate can legally work.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    27 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    15 Aug 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The day will vary depending on the time of year, but it will include: 

  • Plan & prepare for seasonal supply & demand (availability) of meat products ensuring best practice in the merchandising & promotion of seasonal foods
  • Prove full awareness and adherence to health and safety regulations and additional requirements that apply at Flanagan Butchers.
  • Understand the counter sales environment, including cash administration, retail display, stock replenishment systems including on-line services
  • To communicate enthusiastically and with personality to customers offering excellent service
  • Advise domestic and commercial customers on the preparation & cooking of red & white meat products
  • Produce meat and/or poultry products (as required) such as sausages/pies made to the specifications of customers or for general sales
  • Use machinery (as permitted) & other relevant cutting equipment including the ability to sharpen knives
  • Apply hand/eye co-ordination along with physical agility and manual handling of carcasses through the butchery process
  • Adhere to the legislative regulations that apply in the food industry plus Flanagan Butcher policies and standard operating procedures that apply within the business
  • Display the ability to work in a team and individually as required in a busy environment with pre- determined deadlines and productivity targets
  • Maintain the quality environment; including product sampling, specification (including customer requirements), food safety compliance and traceability procedures in the meat supply chain
  • Support workforce development; sharing own knowledge and experience to in order to assist new recruits and/or inexperienced colleagues
  • Communicate effectively with customers, suppliers and colleagues displaying the excellent interpersonal skills required to perform the role to the required standard

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

The final certificate will be for Level 2 Butchery
Training will be split between on-job, at our shops in Crawley, and at Plumpton College, near Brighton (one day per fortnight, during term time).

The apprentice will learn:

  • Knife skills - including cutting, boning, trimming and mincing meat
  • Health and safety practices, food safety and hygiene and key legislation
  • Using butchery tools and machinery – including mincing, sausage making, bacon curing, vacuum packing
  • Business profitability, maximising productivity, efficiency and customer care
  • Team-work and customer care skills
  • Specialist retail shop or processing plant butchery skills

Qualifications Awarded:

  • Butchery Level 2 Apprenticeship Certificate
  • Level 2 award in food safety
  • Level 2 award in health and safety
  • Level 2 award in knife skills
  • Level 1 in maths and English (if applicable)

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

You will become a fully qualified butcher and there would be a position avalible within the company for when you qualify. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Creative, Non judgemental, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

There is free parking in the locality of the shop, staff get a monthly meat allowance, free tea and coffee and there is a workplace pension scheme in place subject to eligibility.

About the employer

From quality steaks to ready-made stir fry's, Flanagan's Butchers has a wide range of top products. We are privileged to enjoy a fantastic reputation for the quality of our meats, range of products plus the friendliness and expertise of our staff. Whilst we primarily serve those from the village, we have a great many customers who come from Crawley, East Grinstead, Horley and much further afield.







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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard


Level 2 (GCSE)

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