As an apprentice you will have a job and earn a wage whilst building up knowledge and skills within the meat and poultry industry. This apprenticeship is made up of a Butcher Apprenticeship Standard that comprises of Food Safety, Health and Safety in the Food Supply Chain Business, Knife Skills for Food Processing, Functional Skills (English and Maths) and Proficiency in Meat and Poultry Industry Skills.
Alternatively, you may be directed to study a framework of qualifications made up of a Certificate in Proficiency in Meat and Poultry Skills, Functional Skills (English and Maths), Employee Rights and Responsibilities, and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS).
- Butchery skills
- Environmental safety in food operations
- Carrying out primal cutting
- Carrying out boning in meat processing
- Maintaining product quality.
This apprenticeship usually takes between 15 and 18 months to complete.
More advanced courses are available at the college for further progression.
Work as a butcher, meat and poultry worker, production controller and technical manager. These can, in turn, lead to more senior positions such as team supervisor and company manager.
You must have GCSE English and Maths at grade E or 3 or equivalent. You must also pass an initial assessment, secure work experience as an apprentice and have one satisfactory reference.
City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery
Harry’s work experience placement at the College proved crucial in helping him determine the career he wants to follow in cookery.
He spent a week working alongside the hospitality staff in one of Bishop Burton’s canteens and says the experience brought home to him the
importance of teamwork – something he is keen to experience further in his working life.
“We’ve studied many different units based on all aspects of the catering industry,” said Harry.
“We’ve learned all the practical skills needed to prepare us for any sort of job in the kitchen. There are a lot of examples of students who have studied this course at Bishop Burton and gone on to have great jobs in the industry.
“I learned so much during my work placement at the College. It was an amazing experience. I learned it is a real team effort to make sure the food gets out there on time to the customers.
“I’d now like to work as a chef in the army because of that teamwork aspect.”