What do I learn?
Over this one year programme you learn the theory of professional cookery, and gain the practical skills and experience necessary. The elements of the course are:
• Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery
• Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles
• Basic Food Hygiene certificate
• Functional Skills Level 1 English and Maths
• Employment rights and responsibilities.
An assessor will visit your work place to observe your working practices. All functional skills will be delivered at college within your day release.
You spend one day a week in college, taking part in classroom and practical-based sessions. The other four days are spent in the workplace, putting what you have learned into practice.
College-taught training takes place in the classroom and in the college kitchen. You will then take the skills you have learned at college out to the workplace. Also, you are expected to bring in work-based evidence and build a portfolio with the evidence you have collected in the workplace.
What do I gain?
You build the basic knowledge required to carry out many professional cookery tasks, while gaining a nationally recognised qualification.
The apprenticeship allows you to learn and develop your skills on the job, giving you an insight into the profession and the future careers open to you within the sector.
What do I need?
There are no formal entry requirements for this course. After applying you will be called in to complete an initial assessment and then an interview with a member of staff who will be delivering the course. This is to ensure that you are at the right level of learning, and that it is the right course for you.
What do I gain?
On successful completion of the course you can progress to the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Catering. The duration of this course is one year and will be a day-release course.
Job roles open to you after completion of the intermediate apprenticeship include kitchen assistant, school cook and chef, among others.
What else do I need to know?
In this line of work, you need to be prepared to work shifts, which may include evening and weekend work.