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Meat Process Worker Careers

Meat Process Worker Careers

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Work Environment:

Meat process workers are involved in producing meat and meat-products, focusing on health and safety, and food hygiene. As a meat process worker, you can work in various settings like:

  • wholesale meat plants: deboning, cutting and getting carcasses ready before they're sold
  • meat-processing factories: meat is treated in different ways
  • abattoirs: probably as a slaughter man or slaughter woman, humanely-killing and arranging livestock
  • butcheries: getting meat ready according to orders by caterers

Your job can include utilizing knives and different tools, like band-saws, to manufacture meat

Qualification, Education and Experience:

You might be capable to work within meat-processing without qualifications. Though, few employers might want you to hold GCSE grades. A fine education would assist your prospects, e.g. to advance to a technical or supervisory position.

You're required to be licensed and aged eighteen or above, to work as a slaughter man/slaughter woman. See the website of defra, for details regarding licensing.

You're required to be at least age sixteen, for production line work.

Few employers might want you to encompass a driving license, and capability to utilize a forklift-truck.

You might be capable to gain entry to this profession by a scheme of Traineeship. The availability of Traineeships within your region will rely on regional employment market and the kind of abilities employers want from employees.

Training Details:

You'd be given training at the work by your employer including issues, such as quality-assurance procedures, health and safety, and food hygiene.

You might be supported to take First and Second level NVQ into Manufacturing Operations or Food Manufacture.

By experience you might have chance to proceed to a supervisor position and acquire qualifications like:

  • Third level NVQ into Food Manufacture
  • FDQ: Advanced and Intermediate Certificates into Meat and Poultry Hygiene/ Management
  • Fourth Level into Food-Safety Management acknowledged by CIEH/RSPH
The Meat-Training Council execute short training courses into subjects like poultry-welfare, which could be related if you're working within poultry processing factory.

You can apply for membership with the Worshipful-Company of Butchers Guild, by experience or qualification (like BTEC: HND, or NVQ), which will provide you with access to networking chances and information.

Skills and knowledge:

  • an understanding of health and safety, and hygiene measures
  • practical abilities
  • physically fit
  • capability to keep focus for repetitive-tasks
  • capability to work well as member of a group

Salary and Other Benefits:

  • Initial remunerations for food service worker can be about $13,000 for a year.
  • By experience, earnings can boost to around $15,000 to $21,000.

Working Conditions:

You'd work weekly for around 41 hours, occasionally as per a shift schedule. You may work on part time basis. Sometimes, you may have to work overtime.

Handling and lifting carcasses could be physically challenging. You'll be required to put on protective outfits, like rubber boots, hairnets, overalls and hats.

Meat processing factories and abattoirs could be noisy, and there could be a distinct smell, which few people discover unpleasant. You'll perform some tasks within refrigerated sections and chill rooms.

Different Opportunities:

You can discover work chances with big meat processing factories, or small firms manufacturing meat products.

By experience you can advance to manager/supervisor or food service director within a field, like food marketing, quality-control, or product development. You can be a meat hygiene inspector, by additional qualifications and experience.

Employment openings can be publicized by regional press, Directgov site, and industry magazines like 'Meat and Poultry-News'.


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