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Waltham Forest College has been delivering butchery apprenticeships for 20 years and currently has spaces available in its high-quality training and apprenticeship programmes.

Training takes place on campus in a fully equipped and temperature-controlled butchery room, complete with a wide range of knives, blocks, a cold store, display cabinets and modern equipment. Expert butchers are on hand to demonstrate special techniques and to prepare students for future employment.

Our in-house Butcher, Ray Humm, takes pride in bringing customer satisfaction to the forefront of butchery practice, which is why the College runs a public butcher shop offering apprentices practical experience in the industry. Apprentices learn how to dispense cooking advice and advise customers on the right cut of meat for a specific recipe.

The College is well placed to provide training and apprenticeship programmes, not only for individuals looking to move into the industry but also companies of all sizes from the local butcher to restaurants and supermarkets.

Apprentices receive comprehensive training which covers areas such as breaking down carcasses for wholesale, correctly de-boning and trimming cuts of meat, how to correctly label and display meat in a retail setting, sausage making and constructing recipes, food hygiene and quality control, correct use of tools and health and safety in the workplace.

Previous successful apprentices who completed their course at the College have gone on to work in independent butcher shops, retail chains, catering, meat wholesaling and supermarket butchery departments with the opportunity to progress into a supervisory or management post.


For further details on the Butchery Apprenticeships and information on how to apply, email apprenticeships@waltham.ac.uk or call Nelson Dean on 020 8501 8074. Alternatively, you can visit the College website www.waltham.ac.uk for more information.

Waltham Forest College, 707 Forest Road, Walthamstow, London E17 4JB.

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