Butcher

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What's it like?

You would prepare meat and poultry so it’s safe to eat and sell it in shops, supermarkets or at local markets.

You might also make and sell your own specialist sausages, burgers and pies.

You would:

  • Order and pay for stock
  • Check deliveries for content and hygiene
  • Move meat stock to cold storage areas
  • Keep a record of the source of the meat and poultry
  • Create attractive counter and window displays
  • Cut, bone and trim meat
  • Serve customers at the counter and take payments

You’d use your in-depth knowledge to advise customers on how to prepare and cook meat and poultry safely. You’d also help them with getting the right type and cut of meat for the meal they want to cook.

You might deliver products to markets, wholesalers and customers’ premises.

You could specialise in halal, kosher or organic foods, depending on the demands of the local community.

You’d need to meet hygiene, and health and safety standards, and have a high standard of personal cleanliness.

Working conditions

Hours

You would work about 40 hours a week, which may include early mornings. You would usually work Saturdays, and Sundays in supermarkets, with time off during the week.

Environment

You will spend much of the day on your feet and you may need to lift and carry heavy joints of meat. You will wear protective clothing when handling meat, to comply with hygiene standards. You may work in chill rooms and cold stores for short periods.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Communicating with people
  • Working as part of a team
  • Helping customers
  • Working with your hands
  • Being physically fit
  • Working with numbers

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Qualifications

Most employers require a good general education

There are no formal qualifications required to enter this role but it is helpful to complete Scottish Meat Training and gain qualifications such as a Proficiency in Meat and Poultry Industry Skills (QCF level 2 - equivalent to SVQ level 2).

You may also undertake a Modern Apprenticeship run by Scottish Meat Training, leading to Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) at levels 2 and 3 in the qualifications section

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths/Numeracy subjects
  • Health and Food Technology

Helpful to have

Qualifications and experience with food, health and hygiene and customer services.