Reference Quantity: ST0078

Particulars of ordinary

1. Occupational profile for a butcher

Butchery is without doubt 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 crucial position in our social and financial future. A profitable butcher should exhibit dexterous knife abilities along with craft to have the ability to produce probably the most cuts to make each carcase worthwhile.

Butchers work within the meat and poultry business, which is price a number of billion kilos within the UK and employs 1000’s of staff within the farm to fork provide chain. Certified butchers can sit up for rewarding careers in a spread 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: giant meals  retailers, supermarkets and  resort chains; to smaller processors supplying for instance, impartial/native meals companies. Retailers might embrace supermarkets, impartial retailers and farm retailers. 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 knowledgeable butchers to arrange on their very own.

Butchery is a extremely expert career steeped in custom and butchers will show understanding a few vary of meat species and the assorted methods wanted to course of and/or produce merchandise. As well as, butchers will be capable of lower, put together, bundle and current meat merchandise to the requirements required of the enterprise and specialist wants of business and/or shoppers. Butchers can have a spread of abilities, information and behaviours that may result in rewarding careers within the butchery business, not solely within the UK however internationally.

Job titles: Retail butcher, Course of butcher and In-Retailer butcher 

Inexperienced job titles: Sustainable retail butcher, Sustainable course of butcher,  Natural retail butcher and Natural course of butcher

2. The core information, abilities and behaviours

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

  • The event of the meat sector main as much as the trendy 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 capabilities and key legislative and  enforcement businesses that regulate the retail and/or course of environments
  • The rules of meat and poultry species together with information related to carcass by- merchandise, primal, joints and muscle groups
  • The assorted craft and knife abilities used for chopping, boning, trimming and mincing of meat together with using related mechanical tools as required
  • Chilly storage, inventory management and protected motion of meat and/or poultry within the butchery surroundings
  • 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 surroundings
  • 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, staff working practices and the significance of steady private improvement

b. Butchers can have CORE abilities enabling them to:

  • Show full consciousness and adherence to well being and security laws and/or further necessities that will apply to their employer’s meals enterprise
  • Perform a spread of main and secondary butchery abilities involving using steak and boning 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 used of their employers enterprise
  • Produce meat and/or poultry merchandise (as required) similar 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 guide dealing with of carcasses by the manufacturing/butchery course of
  • Adhere to the legislative laws that apply within the meals business plus the organisational insurance policies and normal working procedures that apply inside the employer’s enterprise
  • Show the power to work in a staff and individually as required in a busy surroundings with pre- decided deadlines and productiveness targets
  • Keep the standard surroundings; together with product sampling, specification (together with buyer necessities), meals security compliance and traceability procedures within the meat provide chain
  • Assist workforce improvement; sharing personal information and expertise to as a way to help new recruits and/or inexperienced colleagues
  • Talk successfully with prospects, suppliers and colleagues displaying the superb interpersonal abilities required to carry out the position to the required normal

c. Butchers will show CORE behaviours enabling them to:

  • Take acceptable 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 abilities that shall be utilized within the working surroundings
  • Be punctual, dependable, diligent and respectful in direction of prospects, friends and colleagues always
  • Present consideration to element, finishing up duties in a diligent method and taking account of efficiencies and understanding how these assist the profitability of the enterprise
  • Keep the imaginative and prescient and ethos of the enterprise, together with efficiency ranges while taking satisfaction in work and fostering constructive relationships with prospects and colleagues

3. Extra specialist information, abilities and behaviours for retail and course of

Butchers typically work in retail or meat processing companies. Relying on the working surroundings butchers might want to complement the CORE normal necessities by demonstrating specialist information, behaviours and abilities in retail or course of.

Retail butchers should be capable of:

Process butchers should be capable of:

Talk enthusiastically and with persona to prospects providing glorious service

Produce meat to the particular quantity, dimension & weight to fulfill 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 guaranteeing finest follow within the merchandising & promotion of seasonal meals

Estimate saleable yield and predictive costing strategies as required for patrons

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


Stage & period

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


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

English and maths

Apprentices with out stage 1 English and arithmetic might want to obtain this stage and take the take a look at for stage 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 shall be reviewed in three years.

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