Abattoir worker apprenticeship

Manage animals before and during the slaughtering process 

From receiving animals in the strictly controlled handling (lairage) facility and through to the slaughter process, an abattoir worker needs to be respectful of the 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. During your abattoir worker apprenticeship, you’ll gain knowledge of one red meat species chosen from cattle, horses, sheep, goats, pigs, or large game, and learn about the slaughter process, using the correct machinery and incision lines. You’ll be a good communicator, effectively working both in a team and individually as required in a busy high-risk environment with pre-determined deadlines and productivity targets. You could progress to managing the slaughter-line or cutting/de-boning operations, or becoming an animal welfare officer.


Duration: 16 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: Must be aged 18 or over to obtain a certificate of competence, which entitles them to work in specified areas monitored by the official veterinarian. Other requirements for an abattoir worker apprenticeship depend on employer

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

Potential salary upon completion: £18,000 per annum

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