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.