Abattoir worker

Abattoir worker

Manage animals before and during the slaughtering process 

From receiving animals in the strictly controlled handling (lairage) facility and through the slaughter process, an abattoir worker needs to be empathetic and respectful of animals. Team work and diligence are part and parcel of the role as well as upholding professional behavioural standards in accordance with standard operating procedures. You can progress to managing the slaughter-line or cutting/de-boning operations, becoming an animal welfare officer. As an abattoir worker, you must hold a valid licence to operate, which is known as a certificate of competence, in order to comply with the Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing legislation, issued by the Food Standards Agency. Individuals must be over 18 years of age to obtain a certificate of competence, which entitles them to work in specified areas monitored by the official veterinarian.


Duration: 16 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: Must be aged 18 or over. Other requirements depend on employer

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £18,000 per annum

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