The successful applicant must be able to work well within a small, skilled team at a local, independent village butchers. With 4 highly-skilled and experienced butchers onsite, we are eager to support and train the next generation in a life-long trade with further opportunities for potential progression.

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Closing date: 13 Jan 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £10,982.40 to £21,673.60

    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

    Opening hours to be determined on successful applicant. Shop is open Monday - Saturday 7:30am - 5:30pm.Shifts tbc.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    14 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    13 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The Apprentice Butcher will learn to be a highly skilled butcher. You will keep the shop looking pristine, sort the fridges to help maintain a high efficiency and safe environment.

You will learn the skills of a butcher whilst using meat grinders, knives, saws and other tools to cut meat down into smaller portions. You will also perform quality inspections, weigh, price and package cuts.

You will speak to customers to determine their needs and provide advice as appropriate. You will assist with coordination of pickups or deliveries and delivery orders as needed.

Daily Tasks:

  • Cleaning and maintaining tools and equipment and ensuring displays and signage are accurate and attractive
  • Keep the fridges sorted and cleaned to help keep product and work efficiency high
  • Performing quality inspections on meats and other products
  • Weighing, packaging, pricing and displaying products
  • Adhering to food safety and sanitation controls
  • Cutting, grinding and preparing meats for sale
  • Greeting and speaking to customers, providing advice, answering questions, and accepting orders or payments
  • Seek out new opportunities to learn and grow as a butcher as time and business needs permit

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
  • Training and training location to be confirmed

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Full-time employment with the Village Butchers.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Detail-Orientated, Strong Willingness


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

Things to consider

Ability to use hand tools, stand or walk for extending periods, lift heavy items and work in cold environments.

About the employer

Paul has been the butcher in the villlage of Tottington for more than 20 years, and in that time has been providing locally sourced meat from farms that produce the best quality meat. His team are all well versed in the newest and traditional methods of butchering and are all knowledgeable in how to bring out the best of the produce that they offer.




23 Market Street




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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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