HTN Master
Butcher
Program

Artisan Butchers are in high demand.

A Retail Butchery apprenticeship will equip you with the skills and knowledge to become a trade qualified butcher.

An apprentice butcher will typically:

  • Cut, trim and shape standard cuts of meat to size
  • Process carcasses into primary and secondary cuts
  • Pack and store products for display and sale
  • Order supplies from wholesalers using AUS-MEAT Language, and weigh and check stock on receipt
  • Assemble and operate mincers, grinders, mixers, patty-forming or sausage-forming machines, and bandsaws
  • Use correct detergents and sanitisers to prevent food poisoning and contamination of premises and equipment
  • Assist clients (including hotels and restaurants) with menu planning, estimating food portions and production costs
  • Collect payment for sales
  • Prepare marinated meats and ready-to-cook dishes
  • Advise customers about alternative cuts, cooking methods, storage requirements and nutritional aspects of meat.

NOTE: To qualify as a Butcher, you must successfully complete a Meat Processing course at a Registered Training Organisation, in conjunction with the three years “on the job” training with a Host business. You will study a Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher) at a college of your choice (or undertake the qualification in the workplace through a recognised provider) and will gain the necessary skills and knowledge required to underpin your Apprenticeship training and development.

Develop and take pride in a unique expertise that you can utilise in the retail and food industry..

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“I have been fortunate enough throughout my career to have come full circle, starting as an apprentice working in various retail establishments, holding management positions and now training future butchers and giving back to the industry that has been so good to me.”

Col Reynolds

“I completed my apprenticeship in rural NSW and it has provided me the opportunity to relocate interstate, provided me the chance to manage retail stores and now be involved in skills development of our current employees, it has been a rewarding career choice for me.”

Michael Brett
Aleks VukovicHTN Master Butcher Program