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Job Title – Blockman


A Blockman cuts large pieces of meat into serving portions. As a butcher/meat-cutting technician you will provide meat under hygienic conditions and at competitive prices to customers.

Typical Job Activities

Selects meat from wholesalers or abattoirs
Cuts the meat into portions
Custom-cuts to meet his customers' special needs
Prepares meat products such as sausage or ham
Weighs the meat and packs it
Labels the packets of meat and prices them
Displays and wait on customers
Maintains records and inventories
Ensures that the workplace is clean and adheres to hygiene regulations     

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Educational Requirements

Grade 9 certificate
Grade 10 Certificate for training at the Apex Training Centre

Compulsory subjects: None
Recommended subjects: Accounting

Entry to work place

In-Service Training:
A trainee learns aspects of the job under supervision of qualified meat-cutting technician

Apex Training Centre:
Meat-cutting Technician Grade 2 (7 weeks):
- 70% is necessary to pass the exam
Meat-cutting Technician Grade 1 (2 weeks):
- 75% for the practical and 50% for the theoretical exam

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Get along well with others
Be able to communicate his ideas clearly
Present a neat appearance
Have manual dexterity
Have good eye-hand co-ordination
Have good vision and colour discrimination
Be in good health

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Employment Opportunities


Market Competitiveness


Income Potential


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Possible Employers

Conventional butcheries
Canning factories
Cold storage
Large firms such as Renown

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Relevant Contact Details

Apex Training Centre

South African Butchery Training School

Career Progress and Path

Experience in specific field
Work performance

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field

Employment Stability

Moderately stable

Reasons to consider this career

I can start a business in this field or with these skills
I can work with my hands
I can apply my special skills