Reference Quantity: ST0078

Particulars of ordinary

1. Occupational profile for a butcher

Butchery is likely one of the oldest crafts on the planet, and is commonly the place innovation meets custom to create an business filled with character and camaraderie that performs a essential position in our social and financial future. A profitable butcher should show dexterous knife expertise along with craft to have the ability to produce essentially the most cuts to make each carcase worthwhile.

Butchers work within the meat and poultry business, which is value a number of billion kilos within the UK and employs hundreds of staff within the farm to fork provide chain. Certified butchers can stay up for rewarding careers in a variety of environments with various kinds of employers.  Employers embrace each processors and retailers. Processors vary from multi-national processing companies supplying meat or meat merchandise to, for instance: massive meals  retailers, supermarkets and  lodge chains; to smaller processors supplying for instance, impartial/native meals companies. Retailers might embrace supermarkets, impartial retailers and farm outlets. These with an entrepreneurial spirit could also be notably drawn to butchery because the sector depends on a excessive proportion of small companies, providing the potential for skilled butchers to arrange on their very own.

Butchery is a extremely expert occupation steeped in custom and butchers will show understanding a few vary of meat species and the assorted strategies wanted to course of and/or produce merchandise. As well as, butchers will have the ability to lower, put together, bundle and current meat merchandise to the requirements required of the enterprise and specialist wants of economic and/or shoppers. Butchers could have a variety of expertise, data and behaviours that may result in rewarding careers within the butchery business, not solely within the UK however internationally.

2. The core data, expertise and behaviours

a. Butchers will possess the next CORE data and perceive:

  • The event of the meat sector main as much as the fashionable day, together with its values, tradition, traditions and connection to membership our bodies {and professional} establishments
  • The rules of butchery; together with the choice, procurement, provenance and dealing with of livestock resulting in welfare and related lairage and slaughter practices, together with Halal and Kosher
  • The rules of waste minimisation, saleable yield and predictive costing strategies
  • The meat and poultry market together with the provision chain/traceability features and key legislative and  enforcement companies that regulate the retail and/or course of environments
  • The rules of meat and poultry species together with data related to carcass by- merchandise, primal, joints and muscle tissues
  • The varied craft and knife expertise used for chopping, boning, trimming and mincing of meat together with the usage of related mechanical tools as required
  • Chilly storage, inventory management and protected motion of meat and/or poultry within the butchery atmosphere
  • Inventory management, product pricing, high quality assurance and assembly the expectations of consumers &/or contractors
  • Well being and meals security together with hygiene each in private phrases and as a part of the broader meals gross sales/manufacturing atmosphere
  • Strategies for weighing merchandise, controlling temperature, wrapping, sealing, packing, labelling and inventory management of meat and poultry merchandise for wholesale or retail sale
  • Employment, rights and duties, together with equality, group working practices and the significance of steady private improvement

b. Butchers could have CORE expertise enabling them to:

  • Show full consciousness and adherence to well being and security rules and/or further necessities which will apply to their employer’s meals enterprise
  • Perform a variety of major and secondary butchery expertise involving the usage of steak and boning knives, hand saws, cleavers, banding needles and different related hand instruments used within the strategy of primal chopping, boning, slicing, dicing, rolling, trimming and filleting as used of their employers enterprise
  • Produce meat and/or poultry merchandise (as required) akin to sausages/pies made to the specs of consumers or on the market to the general public
  • Use equipment (as permitted) & different related chopping tools together with the power to sharpen knives
  • Apply hand/eye co-ordination together with bodily agility and handbook dealing with of carcasses via the manufacturing/butchery course of
  • Adhere to the legislative rules that apply within the meals business plus the organisational insurance policies and normal working procedures that apply throughout the employer’s enterprise
  • Show the power to work in a group and individually as required in a busy atmosphere with pre- decided deadlines and productiveness targets
  • Preserve the standard atmosphere; together with product sampling, specification (together with buyer necessities), meals security compliance and traceability procedures within the meat provide chain
  • Help workforce improvement; sharing personal data and expertise to as a way to help new recruits and/or inexperienced colleagues
  • Talk successfully with prospects, suppliers and colleagues displaying the wonderful interpersonal expertise required to carry out the position to the required normal

c. Butchers will show CORE behaviours enabling them to:

  • Take applicable private operational accountability for each well being and meals security, apply protected working practices when utilizing knives, hazardous instruments and/or associated tools
  • Show a willingness to study, clear up issues & purchase new expertise that might be utilized within the working atmosphere
  • Be punctual, dependable, diligent and respectful in the direction of prospects, friends and colleagues always
  • Present consideration to element, finishing up duties in a diligent approach and taking account of efficiencies and understanding how these assist the profitability of the enterprise
  • Preserve the imaginative and prescient and ethos of the enterprise, together with efficiency ranges while taking pleasure in work and fostering constructive relationships with prospects and colleagues

3. Extra specialist data, expertise and behaviours for retail and course of

Butchers usually work in retail or meat processing companies. Relying on the working atmosphere butchers might want to complement the CORE normal necessities by demonstrating specialist data, behaviours and expertise in retail or course of.

Retail butchers should have the ability to:

Process butchers should have the ability to:

Talk enthusiastically and with character to prospects providing glorious service

Produce meat to the particular quantity, measurement & weight to satisfy the wants of nationwide/native shoppers and prospects in a well timed and correct style

Advise home and industrial prospects on the preparation & cooking of purple & chicken merchandise

Know and perceive the necessity for traceability within the procurement and provide of meat

Produce a minimal of three meat & poultry merchandise from the next vary together with joints, parts, cooked and scorching merchandise, sausages, burgers, pasties, curing, smoking, air drying & worth added merchandise

Know and perceive their position within the audit and inspection course of

Plan & put together for seasonal provide & demand (availability) of meat merchandise making certain greatest follow within the merchandising & promotion of seasonal meals

Estimate saleable yield and predictive costing strategies as required for purchasers

Perceive the counter gross sales atmosphere, together with money administration, retail show, inventory replenishment methods together with on-line providers


Degree & period

The Commonplace is ready at Degree 2 and the everyday period is eighteen to 24 months.


Apprentices should obtain Degree 2 Meals Security Award, Degree 2 Well being & Security within the Meals Provide Chain Award, and Degree 2 Knife Expertise Award previous to taking the end-point evaluation.

English and maths

Apprentices with out degree 1 English and arithmetic might want to obtain this degree and take the check for degree 2 English and arithmetic previous to taking the end-point evaluation.

Professional registration:

Following profitable completion of the apprenticeship, apprentices are recognised by the Institute of Meat (IoM) entitling them to make use of the initials M.Inst.M.


The Commonplace might be reviewed in three years.

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