Investing in the Future of the Food Industry

After 18 months, the Level 2 Abattoir Apprenticeship Standard has finally been established. Developed by the Food and Drink Training and Education Council, the standard outlines clear workplace procedures for abattoir apprentices. Dunbia, ABP and Tulip all contributed to the curriculum which aims to reinforce consistent excellence across the meat processing sector.

Apprentices will study the whole slaughtering process, from receiving animals in lairage to their humane killing and evisceration. The program will take between 16-22 months to complete and covers topics such as animal welfare, food hygiene and appropriate workplace behaviour.

Under the management of chairman Richard Dilworth, 13 employers were involved in discussions surrounding the new standard. Included in those 13 were smaller enterprises who ensured the curriculum benefitted businesses of all sizes. Upon the standard’s completion, Dilworth commented; “At last we have an apprenticeship which recognises the skills in this sector. The trailblazer development was supported enthusiastically by a wide range of employers and industry bodies.”

At Cutting Edge, we understand the value of comprehensive training and apprenticeships. In September, we launched the ‘Cutting Edge Academy’, a training program designed for young, aspiring engineers. In conjunction with Runshaw College (Chorley), the academy is currently working with two apprentices who are gaining a valuable insight into the working world. Over the next 4 years, they are expected to complete their Level 3 Engineering qualification.

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