Butchery Trailblazer Scheme launches in London

The government-backed Butchery Trailblazer Apprenticeship scheme was officially launched in London on 22 March, marking what the Institute of Meat called a new era in butchery.

The Butchery Trailblazer Apprenticeship scheme is the first of the revamped apprenticeships within the food industry to reach the market with an approved assessment plan and assessment organisation (the FDQ) to deliver the scheme.

Figures in the meat industry who were present at the launch at Brewers Hall, described the apprenticeship as a back to the future scheme in that the curriculum is based on traditional butchery values of craft and mastery.

Some of the new changes to the scheme include automatic membership to British Institute of Meat for all apprentices who take on the Butchery Trailblazer Apprenticeship scheme.

Unlike previous industry-backed butchery apprenticeship schemes, part of the new scheme is a marathon three-part end-assessment, taken over one day. This assessment will include a multiple choice theory exam, which accounts for 25% of the final grade. A practical butchery skills text (55%) and a vocational competence discussion (20%) make up the other two parts of the one-day assessment.

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