Apprentice Butcher Somer Valley Butchers

As our Apprentice Butcher, we will help you learn all about the butchery sector. This is a chance to be hands on from day one, learning whole carcass butchery and gain a variety of skills related to meats, knife skills and food production, while providing high-quality produce and services to our customers.

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Closing date: 27 Jan 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £10,707.84 to £21,131.76

    We are a National Living Wage Employer. Pay is subject to employee age and experience. Other benefits include employee discounts and free parking.

    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

    Tuesday to Saturday, flexible full-time hours to suit (Exact working days and hours TBC).

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    28 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    27 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

You will be working with our experienced butchery team learning the following:

  • Assisting with cutting, grinding and preparation of meats for sale
  • Cleaning and assisting with the maintenance of tools and equipment
  • Ensuring displays and signage are accurate and attractive
  • Weighing, packaging, pricing and displaying products
  • Keeping records, budgets and inventory
  • Adhering to food safety and sanitation controls
  • Greeting and speaking to customers, answering questions and accepting orders or payments

The training you will be getting

  • Butcher Standards Level 2 Qualification
  • FDQ Level 2 Award in Food Safety
  • FDQ Level 2 Award in Health and Safety
  • FDQ Level 2 Award in Knife Skills
  • Level 1/2 Functional skills in English and maths if required
  • How training will be delivered is to be confirmed

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Upon successful completion, a permanent position in our on-farm butchers would be available. Subject to satisfactory agreement between all parties.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Courteous, Engaged, Detail-Oriented


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

About the employer

All of our meat comes from our farm or from other local farming partners. This is sold as fresh cuts of meat in our Butcher's shop, baked into our popular deli items in-store or made into Charcuterie.


Somer Valley Butchers


Somer Valley Butchers

Knoll Farm

White Ox Mead, Peasedown St. John


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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard


Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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