Reference Quantity: ST0077

Particulars of normal

Occupational Profile 

An Superior Butcher will usually take duty for a store or operate in a meat enterprise and can possess dexterous knife abilities allied with all spherical information of the craft/processing setting. Butchers progressing to superior roles in manufacturing firms will usually diversify into manufacturing administration together with roles with duty for folks and/or capabilities reminiscent of gross sales, high quality management or coaching others. Equally, butchers advancing their careers in a big grocery store, unbiased retail or farm store can be wonderful communicators and possess a technical information of meat merchandise which might be usually supplemented with extra generic abilities in merchandising, gross sales, high quality and folks supervision. 

Superior butchers could have a complete understanding of well being and security apply that’s matched with information of meals security and hygiene methods at administration degree. They will even possess a technical understanding a couple of vary of meat species, provenance provide chains and strategies (automated & craft) wanted to course of and/or produce merchandise in a lean manufacturing or retail setting. They’ll guarantee precision within the chopping and presentation of meat merchandise as required by industrial and/or home shoppers. Butchers particularly these in unbiased retail environments could have good information of artisan practices and the preparation of moist/dry meats in to a wide range of culinary makes use of together with sausages, pie making, curing and smoking. As well as, they are going to be actively contributing in the direction of the profitability of their enterprise/operate and maximising security, productiveness, effectivity and buyer care.

Superior Butchers are a invaluable asset to any meat and poultry enterprise within the UK and internationally and can spend rewarding careers in an trade that provides development in to a lot of sub occupations reminiscent of gross sales, coaching, manufacturing and retail administration. Apprentices might want to show the core information, abilities and behaviours detailed beneath, plus the precise information and abilities for his or her specialist setting that can be historically set in a retail store, processing plant or ‘in retailer’ butchery division in a grocery store.

Superior Butchery – Core information required

  • The administration of meals security & hygiene practices together with cleansing and disinfection preparations
  • The implementation of well being and security coverage and utility inside the enterprise or operate. Additionally understanding of equality and variety rules and good apply
  • The ideas and comparisons concerned within the science of assorted meat and poultry species and results on the choice, chopping and manufacturing course of
  • The ideas of animal welfare, choice, procurement and buying processes and
    the affect that provenance might contribute within the farm to fork provide chain for numerous crimson and chicken
  • The top to finish course of for primal butchery within the meat enterprise that begins from carcass choice, sides, or quarters, shifting to separation from carcass and yield controls
  • The ideas and variations concerned within the chilling, maturation, dealing with and storage of crimson and chicken because it goes via the chopping and/or processing
  • The origins and nature of animal organs and tissues specified as Offal which is meant for
    sale to the client /shopper in accordance with buying specs and commerce description requirement and Legislation
  • The usual working procedures for grading meat, inventory dealing with, chilly storage, temperature controls and maturation
  • How to answer the assorted wants of shoppers from throughout communities, religions and dietary necessities and develop new plated and/or oven prepared merchandise and pastries
  • Cold and warm meat curing and smoking strategies
  • Merchandising, labelling, meals allergen consciousness and wider meals retailer merchandise
  • Administration strategies together with delegation, crew constructing, mentoring, interviewing. appraisal and efficiency of self and crew members as required
  • Gross sales practices together with wholesale distribution and meat procurement

Superior Butchery – Core Expertise required

  • Exhibit full consciousness and take duty for meals security, HACCP and well being and security practices with of their respective butchery capabilities and/or retailing environments
  • Exhibit technical skills & assist others in using knives, hand saws, cleavers,
    banding needles and different related hand instruments used within the means of primal chopping, boning, slicing, dicing, rolling, trimming and filleting as relevant to the butchery enterprise
  • Produce/Contribute to creating of firm recipe sausages/pies and/or develop new meat merchandise made to the specs of native markets and/or buyer requests
  • Take duty for the chilly storage and chopping setting together with temperature management, workers supervision, security, hanging, dealing with and storage of meat
  • Talk successfully in a wide range of methods with inside colleagues and with prospects. It will contain compilation of studies, shows to workers/prospects and competent use of ICT methods
  • Monitor and reply to the gross sales setting suggesting new and improved merchandise for growth and utilizing initiative to stop or resolve issues as they could happen
  • Supervise the gross sales setting, organising self and others to make sure deadlines are met together with money, inventory and monetary administration of the enterprise or space of duty

Superior Butchery – Core Behaviours required

  • Take private operational duty for each well being and meals security, apply secure working practices when utilizing knives, hazardous instruments and/or associated tools
    Be punctual, dependable, diligent and respectful in the direction of prospects, friends and colleagues always
  • Have the ability to plan and organise self and others within the butchery space of duty
  • Domesticate and preserve productive relationships with inside colleagues and exterior prospects
  • Maintaining self and crew/colleagues updated with model developments. Take pleasure in new merchandise actively selling these with colleagues and prospects
  • Main by instance when it comes to assembly targets, fixing issues, managing stress and
    attaining the standard assurance expectations of the enterprise
  • Take duty for private steady skilled growth (CPD)

Data and Expertise required in every setting 

Retail store information and abilities required

  • Monitor, handle and reply to the gross sales efficiency of the retail enterprise, together with evaluate of buyer behaviour, gross sales patterns and product enhancement and/or placement
  • Perceive and show a radical information of the procurement of meat via the retail enterprise and be capable to champion recent meat
  • Perceive the ideas of artisan butchery and be capable to lower and bone at the very least 4 meat
    species together with poultry &/or sport while displaying related strategies that apply to the retail setting
  • Develop and implement gross sales methods and strategies for maximising revenue together with loyalty schemes, promotions and extra product growth
  • Produce a variety of meat & poultry merchandise together with joints, parts, cooked and sizzling merchandise, sausages, burgers, pasties, curing, smoking, air drying & worth added merchandise
  • Perceive advertising and promotional strategies used to ‘promote’ the retail enterprise making use of social /net media to maximise the publicity of the enterprise
  • Perceive the best way to plan, co-ordinate and advise on cooking strategies reminiscent of roasting, steam & bake-off operations within the retail setting
  • Know the best way to recruit domestically, retain, practice and develop the fitting folks for the fitting roles within the retail enterprise.
  • Perceive the best way to implement and handle inventory management methods for the store setting together with efficient procurement and buy of non-meat merchandise on the market to home prospects
  • Perceive key enterprise operations reminiscent of power provide, insurance coverage registrations, payroll methods, and fundamental bookkeeping and submitting returns
  • Have the ability to advise on and deal with a variety of buyer orders and at instances cope with buyer complaints

Processing plant information and abilities required

  • Perceive and apply the legislative and regulatory necessities that apply for the secure, wholesome and clear processing setting adhering to plain working practices
  • Exhibit knife abilities and precision chopping of at the very least one species of meat (making use of to present setting) together with technical understanding of muscle and first carcass administration
  • Handle the manufacturing line crew making certain buyer orders are delivered in a well timed and correct style and inside tolerances for measurement and weights

  • Perceive the gross sales, procurement and choice course of inside the processing enterprise setting

  • Perceive minimisation approaches to the administration of meat guarantee workers and groups are adhering to enterprise working practices

  • Perceive the best way to plan and handle manufacturing schedules and alter over strategies within the meat processing setting

  • Perceive the best way to co-ordinate despatch and transport of orders in meals operations

  • Have the ability to put together successfully for audits and reply appropriately to findings together with the implementation of enchancment actions throughout the world of duty

In Retailer Butchery in a Grocery store information and abilities required

  • Handle the shop division gross sales targets via common monitoring of efficiency
    towards outcomes, figuring out excessive and low efficiency meat merchandise speaking outcomes to line administration
  • Perceive the grocery store product supply, show of pre-pack meat by way of cupboard, merchandising and placement insurance policies conserving self and crew updated with model developments and promotions
  • Perceive the inventory administration and management (eg IPOS) system to minimise losses on out of
    date or broken meat merchandise. Guarantee rotational processes are in place and react shortly to outcomes to take care of enterprise requirements and inventory necessities
  • Plan and handle the workers scheduling preparations for the part space workers and crew together with for peak instances and seasons
  • Take management for audit, stock and traceability processes as required by the enterprise

Further info 

Stage & Period 

This Commonplace is about at Stage 3 and the standard length is eighteen to 24 months


Apprentices should obtain

A, Stage 3 Award in Meals Security Supervision 

B. Stage 3 Award in HACCP for Meals

C. Stage 3 Award in Well being and Security within the Meals Provide Chain Enterprise

Apprentices with out degree 2 English and arithmetic might want to obtain this degree previous to taking the tip level evaluation. 

Skilled recognition 

On profitable completion, apprentices can be entitled to computerized registration to full membership of the Institute of Meat


The usual can be reviewed in three years.

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