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Craft Butchery Retail and Production

Developed with industry the butchery trailblazer combines work at either a craft or retail butchery with training in our commercial facilities.

In addition to gaining your apprenticeship you will complete food safety, knife skills and food hygiene certificates.

You will develop your knowledge of butchery theory, complete a workplace log book to demonstrate your on-the-job learning and undertake practical training to develop your cutting abilities.

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Level 3

How long will it take?

  • 18 to 36 months depending on previous experience (delivered in the workplace with 12 weeks in college on block release)

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • Preferably GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths, or
  • Level 2 Butchery Apprenticeship, and
  • Functional Skills Level 1 or above, or equivalent

Options after this programme

  • Full-time work
  • Consider management position
Level 2

How long will it take?

  • 12 to 18 months depending on previous experience (delivered in the workplace with 12 weeks in college on block release)

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • Preferable GCSE at grade 2or above including English and Maths

Course options after this programme

Useful information

How much will this course cost?

Apprenticeships are funded through government and employer contributions. If you are:

  • 16-18 working for a small business (<50) your training will be fully funded*
  • 19+ or working for a Medium size business (50+) an employer contribution may be required
  • Working for a large business or organisation (Payroll of £3m+) you training funded from your employers Digital Apprenticeship Service  Account

*small businesses who employ an apprentice between 16-18 may be eligible to receive a financial government incentive


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How do I apply?

If you have an employer and you would like to apply for an apprenticeship you can apply now online. You can also view our live vacancies or complete an online enquiry form and a member of the apprenticeship team will contact you.

For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website. 

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about becoming an apprentice or employing an apprentice by visiting our website.

John Major

“These new training programmes are good for apprentices because they are recognised throughout the industry and great for businesses because they ensure staff continuity.”

John MajorGrants Butchers, Church Minshall
Simon Kilby

“By giving employers more input we have a more practical qualification which is tailor-made to our requirements and will, without doubt, expand jobs opportunities within the local community.”

Simon KilbyHopkinsons of Lymm
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