A career in butchery

Work in butcher shops or supermarkets to cut, prepare and sell meat. Butchers know about different cuts and grades of meat, and how they should be cooked. You’ll need to be conscious of safety when working with knives and other equipment, and have good knowledge of food hygiene. Good communication and customer service skills will help you suggest the right cuts of meat for a person’s needs and explain how to prepare it.

How do I train?

Trades training is flexible. You can:

  • Do a pre-trades programme, then get a job and apprenticeship
  • Get an apprenticeship straight away and study while you work

Many people start with a pre-trades programme at a training institution. This will give you the hands-on experience and theory you need to prepare you for work. If you qualify for one of our scholarships, you can study for free – and we’ll help you find work when you finish.

If you already have experience in the trades or are ready for working life and happy to study while you work, you might look at going straight into an apprenticeship. We can help you make that decision, and we might even know someone who needs an apprentice like you.

  • Find a course

    MPTT Auckland partners with trades training organisations, but we don’t take enrolments directly. To apply for our scholarships, you’ll need to enrol with your course provider first. Once you’re accepted into your course, please ask your training organisation about applying for an MPTT scholarship.

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    • Course pending approval for 2018. Qualification leading to a role as a Retail Butcher.
  • Find an apprenticeship

    Apprenticeships are managed by Industry Training Organisations (ITOs), who make sure you get the training you need to earn your qualification. The ITO for butchery is Competenz. To find out more about getting an apprenticeship you can contact Iani Nemani at i.nemani@competenz.org.nz

    Find out about a Competenz apprenticeship in butchery