Retail Meat Processing, Apprenticeship (Level 1)


Program Name:Sauages

Retail Meat Processing, Apprenticeship (Level 1)

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Career Sector:

Culinary Arts


Saanich’s 3-prong vision for any trade bound student is: Graduation, successful completion of Level One technical training, and becoming indentured as a Youth Work In Trades apprentice.

Program Description:

  • The Retail Meat Processing Level 1, Apprenticeship is ... in length.
  • For students who want to take their retail meat processing certificate to the next level with an apprenticeship.  Gain knowledge and skills as meat cutters in custom cutting,sausage and curing operations, and in supermarkets and megamarkets with their own manufacturing facilities.
  • Thompson Rivers University also delivers both Level 1 and Level 2 apprenticeship training for meat cutters for the Province of B.C. Applicants must be registered apprentices to apply for these two courses. Students graduating from the nine-month program receive credit for Level 1 apprenticeship and can apply to a store or company for employment and ask for an apprenticeship. Once the company or operator agrees  to an apprenticeship then the student can apply to the Industry Training Authority (ITA) for a training credit from the nine months completed at TRU provided the student has written proof of graduating.


Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops

Post Secondary Partner:

Thompson Rivers University


All South Island Partnership Programs are available to any Saanich “school aged” student registered in any Saanich District school and meeting the prerequisites for the specific program.


  • Limited admission
  • Retail meat processing certificate.
  • Successful post-secondary pre-test

  • Successful completion of the school-based component of a Youth Train In Trades Automotive Service Technician program (eg “Auto-Tech”)

  • Relevant Work Experience: a minimum of 120 hours of directly related work experience


  • Registered Youth Apprentice (Youth WORK In Trades) with Industry Training Authority of BC

  • Substantial (800 to 1000) hours of relevant Work-Based Training logged as a youth apprentice in industry

Application Process:

Students must meet with their school based Career Counsellor to initiate the application process.  They must complete a current Thompson Rivers University “program application” package, ensure they meet the minimum prerequisites, and complete a three/four year transition plan.  Once the student’s application has been accepted and the student has been offered a seat in the program of choice, the student will be supported to complete an online Camosun Registration where they will pay the application fee of $29.25.

Credits Earned:

  • Students will earn credit for 2 “dual credit” Automotive Service Technician courses equalling 8 credits toward graduation
  • Retail Meat Processing Level 1 PSIV 12A and PSIV 12B

Materials / Equipment / Cost:

  • There is no tuition cost, but students are required to pay an application fee of $29.25.

Transition Process:

  • In keeping with our vision for a trade bound student, we ultimately want to see the student become indentured as an apprentice in industry.  For some students this may happen before attending their first session of technical training, and for some it may occur following their Level One or Foundation training.  In either case the student will be required to spend significant time in industry involved in Work-Based Training before returning for the next level of Technical Training.  This “time on tools” varies by trade from 1000 to approximately 2000 hours until all levels of Technical Training have been successfully completed and all required Work-Based Training hours have been logged.
  • For Automotive Service Technician there are four Levels and the apprentice must log 6360 hours of WBT to complete his/her apprenticeship.

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Last modified: Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 10:11 AM