Meaty Choice for Those Who Want a Cutting-Edge Career; Careers in ... Butchery Honing Her Knife Skills, Sue Kelbrick Is Given Some Food for Thought

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WHAT does a career as a butcher involve? BUTCHERS sell meat and poultry through individual shops, supermarkets or local markets. Specialist butchers may also make their own meat products, such as sausages, burgers and pies.

As a butcher, your work would include buying, ordering and controlling stock of meat, receiving deliveries and checking content and hygiene, cutting, boning and trimming meat and serving customers at the counter and advising customers on how to prepare and cook meat.

What skills are needed? To become a butcher, you should have good practical skills, a high standard of cleanliness and in-depth product knowledge. The ability to work well in a team and good communication and customer service skills are helpful.

What training do you need? You would usually start as a trainee or assistant and learn on the job. You could have an advantage if you have experience in food retail.

Some employers like trainees to have a Food Safety for Retail (or Catering or Manufacturing) Certificate, which can be taken as a one-day course.

You may be able to join an apprenticeship scheme. The most suitable is the Improve Proficiency Apprenticeship in food and drink (Meat and Poultry Industry Skills).

Most training is on-the-job and may include a Food Safety Certificate or short Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) course. …