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Apprenticeship in Intermediate Butchery

Introduction and Overview - Butcher Apprenticeship Standard

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The butcher apprenticeship has been designed to develop the professional standard for people working as butchers in retail and processing environments across the meat and poultry industry.
The apprenticeship standard has been developed by the Butchery Employer Trailblazer Group (BETG) made up of small, medium and large employers. 
Apprentices will complete a butchery proficiency programme - foundation and craft training, designed to prepare them for the apprenticeship’s end-point assessment. The foundation and craft training phases will typically take 18 months to complete. 
A range of short courses are required to be completed including, Food Safety, Health & Safety and Knife Skills. Level 1 functional skills in English and maths will also need to be completed to complete the apprenticeship.

Intrinsic Training Solutions have delivered the butchery apprenticeship for many years. 
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All You Need to Know About the Reformed Trailblazer Apprenticeships

All You Need to Know About the Reformed Trailblazer Apprenticeships
You may have heard the word ‘Trailblazer’ used when discussing the new reformed apprenticeships but what does it mean? Intrinsic Training Solutions are an independent training provider able to advise you of the changes in the world of apprenticeship reform– we will advise you and guide you through all the changes in the world of Trailblazer Apprenticeships, and why it’s an important positive move for industry and apprenticeships.

What are Trailblazers?
Referred to as Trailblazer apprenticeships, Government call them apprenticeship standards. These are the new standards developed by government and employers to improve the quality of apprenticeships.

How and why did have the reformed been implemented?
To improve apprenticeship quality, Government recognised through the results of different reports that the old apprenticeship were out of date and did not meet the requirements of employers and industry. To achieve these changes Government worked with groups of employers – named ‘Trailblazer’ groups – to define what the new apprenticeship standards should look like. Employers defined the standards to ensure apprenticeships were aligned to the skills needed in each industry and for the relevant job roles. The new standards are designed to give apprentices’ industry-relevant training applicable to their job role and employers the skills they need in their sector.

What has changed?
The new apprenticeship standards are aligned to specific job roles. The new apprenticeships have a greater emphasis on apprentices developing and demonstrating full competence for their job role at the end of the apprenticeship. Apprentices are assessed on both technical competencies and the underpinning skills, attitudes and behaviours seen as essential to their job.

Apprentices record how they have practically applied their skills on real work projects in a summative portfolio. Apprentices also complete a synoptic project where they take a business-relevant project and build a finished solution in an assessment environment.

Apprentices are externally assessed in an interview at the end of their apprenticeship. The interview is a holistic assessment based on their portfolio and synoptic project Synoptic assessment, 'a form of assessment which tests apprentices' understanding of connections between different elements of a subject'. This is to ensure they have met the learning requirements of the programme.

Intrinsic Training Solutions Coaches support apprentices throughout their apprenticeship programme – helping them develop the skills they need to successfully complete the apprenticeship, and develop their portfolio.

Why change to the new standard?
The current ‘framework’ gives apprentices the skills they needed for their jobs. The new standard also does this, so why change?The new standard extends and improves upon the previous approach. Apprentices will still get the skills they need for their job role, but there’s more.

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Apprenticeship Levy FAQ's

Frequently Asked Question's

Who is required to pay the levy?

All businesses across the UK are affected. The ability to access the levy money however, is restricted to England. A proportion of the levy money collected will be given to the devolved nations who have the freedom to spend the money as they choose. This could be on Apprenticeships, general training or indeed roads, health service or any other areas they feel are important. Westminster cannot dictate usage, as skills policy is set at the devolved nation’s level. As yet, the devolved nations have not declared how they will use the money.

When is the Levy Start date - The Timing?

The levy will come into effect from April 2017.

How is the levy collected?

It will be taken from your monthly returns to HMRC.

  • As ITS works to protect and maximise the quality of provision and delivery of the training to ensure the money reaches the learners, we would welcome the opportunity to speak to you about how we can assist you in managing your Levy on an ongoing basis.

What is The Levy Rate?

This is 0.5% of the annual salary bill – your pay bill will be based on the total amount of earnings subject to Class 1 secondary National Insurance Contributions (NICs). Although earnings below the secondary threshold are not counted when calculating an employer’s NICs, they will be included for the purposes of calculating the amount of levy the employer needs to pay.

Earnings include any remuneration or profit coming from employment, such as wages, bonuses, commissions and pension contributions that you pay NICs on. The Government will not charge the levy on other payments such as benefits in kind, subject to Class 1A NICs.

Only businesses with a salary bill of £3m or above will be affected. Those with a salary bill below £3m will be exempt due to a tax allowance that offsets the levy of £15,000 (equivalent to 0.5% of £3m). This means it’s possible to start to calculate your potential levy bill.

If your organisation is part of a group or connected to another business in any way you will only be entitled to one allowance across the group. Businesses will need to decide how to share this between the connected organisations.

Will employers with a salary bill of less than £3m be affected?

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How much Apprenticeship Levy will you pay?

The government is reforming the way Apprenticeship Training is handled moving all emphasis from Training Providers, Colleges and Awarding Bodies and placing control of the process into the hands of the employers.

The government are introducing an employment Levy of 0.5% based on an employer’s wage bill, if over £3m, to fund Apprenticeship Training from April 2017
The Government will top up levy by 10% each month
Unspent money will lapse after 18 months
Employers design Apprenticeship Standards replacing current frameworks
Creation of an Institute of Apprenticeships to oversee the regulation, design and delivery of apprenticeships overseen by a board made up primarily of employers
A Creation of a Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) for employers to simplify the process of finding apprentices and training providers

What is  happening to Government Training Funding:

In the November 2016 the Government released their plan for the delivery of 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.

The main reason for thIS reform is a massive skills gap across the U.K. and the questionable quality of the apprenticeship training compared to other economies around the EU and developed economies around the world has spurred the government into action identified in the ‘Richard Review’ in 2012. This review demonstrated the need to improve the training of young people to ensure that they have the skills and knowledge needed for jobs in the UK.

The main objective of the reforms is to increase employer responsibility for their apprenticeship programme this will lead to having a larger number of apprentices ensuring their training is of the highest quality. As they the employer will receive and be responsible for the funding for the apprenticeship programme.

If you are a large employer you will need to plan how you will use the levy..............Remember your levy payments will start in May 2017. There is no alternative.

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Food and Drink (Manufacturing) Apprenticeships

The apprenticeship in Food and Drink provides access to a high quality skills programme as an alternative to an academic qualification for the food manufacturing/production .

The apprenticeship is available at intermediate (normally associated with operative level learners) or advanced level (normally associated with key operatives, team leaders).

The  apprenticeship is available for different sectors of the food industry as different pathways are available:

    • Pathway 1 Meat & Poultry
    • Pathway 2 Baking
    • Pathway 4 Food Industry Skills
    • Pathway 5 Food Manufacturing Excellence

There are 5 elements to the apprenticeship required to be completed:

Level 2 NVQ Certificate for Proficiency in e.g. Food Industry Skills
The Level 2 Certificate is a practical work-based qualification that is recognised by employers throughout the UK. The NVQ Certificate is to encourage people to prove they have sharpened skills, knowledge and understanding in all aspects of their job. 

Functional Skills in English & Mathematics
Two of the important elements of the Apprenticeship is to sharpen the Math skills used in industry and required in a career in the food and drink sector. An assessor is appointed to support and guide the apprentice in Mathematics, English speaking, writing and reading. 

Employment Rights & Responsibilities (ERR)
This element of the apprenticeship ensures the apprentice knows and understands the range of employer and employee statutory rights and responsibilities under employment law and that employment rights and responsibilities can be affected by other legislation as well. This will cover the Health & Safety, Disability Discrimination Act, similar equalities legislation together with the duties of employers. Procedures and documentation which they will recognise and protects the apprentice’ relationship with the employer, including health & safety, equality and diversity training is part of the apprentice’s training. The role they play in their own job role in their own organisation and in the food manufacturing industry.

Apprenticeship Delivery

Apprentices are provided with their own access to their own e-portfolio for their apprenticeship programme. The portfolio contains the learning materials needed to meet the assessment requirements. The assessor visits regularly to guide and support each learner through their apprenticeship. The assessor works with each apprentice observing them working to the company procedures, building their knowledge and skills building evidence which is then referenced to the required criteria in their own e-portfolio. Apprentices are assessed and supported throughout the learning and assessment of the apprenticeship process.
In between the assessment visits the learner is required to complete work agreed with the assessor. The work can be submitted to the assessor by email through the e-portfolio system. Regular progress can be seen by the employer via the access they are given to each apprentice’s e portfolio.

The minimum time of one year gives the apprentice the time to complete the full learning programme with the minimum disruption in the production environment.

Progression Opportunities
The apprenticeship aims to provide a sound preparation for further career progression perhaps leading to the Advanced Apprenticeship in Food and Drink. The advanced apprentice should be working as a lead operative, supervisor or higher.
Pathway 1 Meat & Poultry
Pathway 2 Baking
Pathway 3 Food Industry Skills & Technical Management
Pathway 4 Food Manufacturing Excellence
Pathway 5 Fresh Produce

The Higher Apprenticeship in Food & Drink

The higher level apprenticeship has the pathway 1: Food Manufacturing Excellence. Further information is available upon request.

The Main Element Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Food Industry Skills – Choice of Units
To achieve the main element of the apprenticeship the Level 2 NVQ Certificate for Proficiency in Food Industry Skills, must be achieved. A minimum of 27 Credits meeting the following combination of credits from each of the Unit groups. This is referred to as the 'Rules of Combination'. The choice of units available for the level 2 NVQ Certificate for Proficiency in Food Industry Skills are listed below.

Apprenticeship Funding: how will it work

Expiry or review date:
This policy will be implemented in May 2017. The apprenticeship funding policy is part of major reforms to the apprenticeships programme. It will be reviewed on a continual basis to ensure it supports growth in quality apprenticeships and opportunities for all in an affordable and sustainable way, which delivers value for money for the taxpayer. It will be considered alongside the government’s social mobility and industrial strategies, and may be adapted in future to deliver these priorities. Who is this publication for? This publication provides information on proposals for apprenticeship funding in England from May 2017. It is for: • Employers with a workforce in England. • Training providers who provide training for English apprenticeships.


This policy paper explains how government will fund apprenticeship training in England from May 2017.

It includes:

  • how much employers will be able to spend on each apprenticeship
  • the rules employers will need to follow

The spreadsheet (in 2 formats) sets out the funding bands that will apply for existing apprenticeship frameworks and apprenticeship standards from May 2017.

Read the equality assessment of the effect that this apprenticeship funding system will have on groups with ‘protected characteristics’ (for example a disability).

See also ‘Apprenticeship funding: how it will work’.


Apprenticeship funding in England from May 2017  

Ref: DFE-00194-2016PDF, 485KB, 23 pages

Apprenticeship standards: funding bands from May 2017