Butchers are now one of the most in-demand skilled working class. They are needed not just in some Asian countries, but in English-communicating nations such as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. However, there are certain requirements that Filipino butchers need to comply with. These requirements depend on the agency that will be your bridge to your employers and the existing policies of the employers themselves.
Here are the basic requirements for becoming a butcher.
- Training. For natives of these countries, they can get into a butcher job without training by going through apprenticeships. However, for foreigners, it is better to be trained. Government institutions such as TESDA offer butcher training for those who are required to present certifications.
- 2. Experience. Many agencies and employers prefer trained workers. Some may require as much as five (5) years’ experience, whereas others would accept three (3) years. Others will not require any experience at all, as skills in being a butcher can be learned while doing the job.
- 3. Proof of English proficiency. This is of particular importance for non-native communicators of the language. Filipinos, for instance, who wish to work as butchers in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the UK, would most likely be required to take the International English Language Test System (IELTS) to be able to provide concrete proof of their abilities to communicate. The band score requirement would vary, but the average is a Band 5 in Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.
- 4. Good health. A butcher may need to be on his feet for 8 hours a day, so he must have the stamina to be able to do his job. Health problems such as seizure disorder may hinder your ability to be a butcher. Good eyesight is also important if you wish to be a butcher. Also, hand-eye coordination is a must for the job, as butchers would be working with their hands and very sharp objects. In cases such as this, good health precedes safety.
- Eligibility to work. Of course, to be able to work abroad, you need to comply with all of the requirements for your legal papers. You cannot be a butcher in another country without a work permit there. Not legally, at least.
Being a butcher abroad is a lucrative form of employment and may serve as an entry point to bigger and better things.
Are you qualified?