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Smallgoods Maker

Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Smallgoods makers select and prepare meat, and manage the processes in the production of smallgoods.

Smallgoods makers work with a variety of knives, hand tools, power equipment (including mincers, mixers and bandsaws) and computer- operated machinery.

Smallgoods makers work in shops and boning/slicing rooms.

They usually have early morning starts and their work involves a lot of contact with people including customers and workmates.

Smallgoods makers are exposed to animal blood in some parts of the process.


    Smallgoods makers may perform the following tasks:

  • order supplies from wholesalers, as well as weigh and check stock on receipt
  • store meat in refrigerators or freezers
  • prepare meat by removing bones and trimming fat
  • make seasonings, flavouring agents and pickling solutions, and pickle meat according to recipes
  • assemble and operate mincers, grinders, mixers, and patty-forming or sausage-forming machines
  • shape meat or meat emulsion to make sausages and smallgoods
  • add seasonings to ground meat
  • operate filling machines, cooking kettles and vats, and smoking chambers
  • cure and cook meat products
  • use correct detergents and sanitisers to prevent food poisoning and contamination of premises and equipment
  • help clients in menu planning and working out food portions and production costs
  • pack and store products for display and sale
  • collect payment for sales


  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • physically fit and in good health
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • good interpersonal skills
  • good hygiene

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Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

To become a smallgoods maker you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Meat Processing (Smallgoods - Manufacture/Smallgoods - General).

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.


Most smallgoods makers are employed in small or large smallgoods processing companies. Some are self-employed. Smallgoods makers also work in domestic and export businesses, where they prepare smallgoods for local consumption or for export. Qualified smallgoods makers may have the opportunity to become involved in other areas of the hospitality and food industries.

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