Public Abattoir

Abattoir Square,
Albert Town,
Marsa MRS 1123

 Telephone (General)
(+356)2292 5900

 Telephone (Administration)
(+356) 2292 5910

 Booking & Cash Office
(+356)2292 5907

 Email

Training for Slaughterhouse Butchers

Slaughterline butchery is a specialised form of the trade, and entails skills which are substantially different from those associated with other forms of a butcher’s trade. The Public Abattoir, as the only provider of Slaughterline butchery is a specialised form of the trade, and entails skills which are substantially different from those associated with other forms of a butcher’s trade. The Public Abattoir, as the only provider of services related to the slaughter for bovines, swine, equines and small ruminants in Malta,  provides specialised on-the-job training in such skills for would-be butchers on an ongoing basis.

In order for an individual to be eligible to sit for the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC) trade test in Slaughterline butchery, an individual has to undergo a minimum of 480 hours on the job training at the Public Abattoir. Such training enables the prospective candidate to acquire the necessary skills related to the slaughtering of animals, their dressing as well as cutting and deboning.  The training looks at both the practical skills, such as the handling of equipment as well as at the theoretical foundations underlying such practices. This includes familiarity with the animal welfare and hygiene requirements of both European and national legislation.

Without prejudice, successful completion of the minimum training requirements and passing the ETC trade test would render an individual eligible for any call for application for the post of slaughterline butcher either at the Malta or the Gozo Public Abattoirs. 

Individuals who are interested in starting the on-the-job training should download the applicable form from the following link and/or contact the Public Abattoir Administration.

 

















 
1 The Gozo abattoir is the only other, though much smaller, such establishment on the Maltese islands.​