James Whelan Butchers Academy

Butcher Training Course

Through our Butchers Academy we are training a new generation, as committed to the craft of butchery as we are. We offer successful apprentices a three year, paid professional apprenticeship, investing in people who are interested in an amazing career in the food industry.

Students receive paid,on the job training with some of the leading Master Butchers in Ireland, backed up by QQI Level 5 training qualifications.

On graduation, this new crop of craft butchers will progress their career within James Whelan Butchers across the business’s expanding retail shops around the country. The opportunities are endless, from Retail Management to Head Office, to Product Development all starting from the Butchers Academy Qualification.

We look forward to welcoming a new generation of butchers


Meet one of our Apprentices



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