The Course

As an apprentice, you will work alongside experienced staff, gain job-specific skills, knowledge and behaviours. You will earn a wage and be released to study during your working week.

Apprentices must within 13 weeks of supervised work and training, submit to the Food Standard Agency evidence of achievements of level 2 award for proficiency in Protecting the Welfare of Animals at Time of Killing (WATOK).

  • What You Study

    • Historical developments of the red meat industry 
    • Process and procedure for receiving animals
    • Lairage
    • Slaughter process
    • Food safety and hygiene systems
    • Use of machinery 
    • Animal by-products
    • Employment rights and responsibilities 
  • Entry Requirements

    Apprentices must be over 18 years old to apply. Appropriate employment in the animal industry. It is preferable candidates have a minimum GCSE grade D/3 in English and Maths.

  • How you're Assessed

    The apprenticeship has an end point assessment (EPA) and is graded pass or distinction.

  • Progression

    You may progress to a higher-level course at the college.

  • Careers

    To progress to manage the slaughter the line, cutting / de-boning operations or becoming an Animal Welfare Officer.

  • How To Apply

    Application is through our online application form or by the Common Application Process (CAP).

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