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Learn while you earn with an apprenticeship in either Bakery or Butchery Apprenticeship at Countdown!


If you have a passion for FRESH, and the determination to commit to a programme which will make you trade qualified by it's completion, an apprenticeship with us could be exactly what you are looking for. In partnership with Competenz, a industry training organisation, we will commit to supporting you through your apprenticeship where you will see yourself become a qualified baker or butcher, giving you life long skills and experience.  

Of course the commitment to your future isn't just one way — you will still need to make the most of the opportunity by applying yourself to the learning and ensuring you give it the time and effort it deserves.  And when you think about it, what could be a better investment of your time than your future! Throughout the programme you’ll also get on-job support from your Store Management, Group Manager and HR teams as well as your training advisor from Competenz. They want to see you succeed as much as you do!



You have the opportunity to earn yourself a National Certificate in Baking Level 4 as a bakery apprentice at Countdown. 

A bakery apprenticeship is ideal for people who have a love for hands-on creative work and even a bit of science. There is plenty of variety, no day is the same - from making the breads to being the creative mind behind new bakery products, or designing and decorating a wide range of cakes and muffins. The learning opportunities are endless. 

The apprenticeship consists of a combination of distance learning materials and on-the-job assessments. 

Check out all opportunities in our bakery department at your local store now!



Butchery is one of the world's oldest and most respected jobs. You will gain supreme skill and technique required to deliver high quality products. 

A butchery apprenticeship with Countdown will reward you with a National Certificate in Meat Retailing (Proficient) Level 3. 

Butchers are responsible for de-boning carcasses, curing and smoking, and preparing cuts of meat and poultry for sale in a safe and hygienic way. Butchery requires strength and precision, but also customer service and presentation skills. 

Check out all opportunities in our butchery department at your local store now!


After 10 months in the boning room, I saw the opportunity to become an apprentice and took that with both hands.