Professional Cookery - Advanced Apprenticeship

Course overview

The catering industry covers hotels, restaurants, pubs, bar and nightclubs, contract catering, holiday centres and school catering. This industry contributes around 30 billion to the English economy, with the restaurant industry alone employing two thirds of a million people.

Typically an individual who is working towards this apprenticeship framework will have one of the following job roles; a sous chef or senior chef or cook in a fine dining casual dining, restaurant, hotel or gastro pub setting where the Apprentice will be assisting in the operation of the kitchen, liaising with the Head Chef around menu development, cooking, preparing and finishing food, monitoring quality and stock management to minimise wastage. There is the expectation that the Apprentice already has a Professional Cookery qualification at level 2 or a minimum of 12 months experience within a professional kitchen.

Apprenticeships are a tested way of training either a new or existing team member. An apprenticeship will provide on-the-job training which leads to an employee gaining a nationally recognised qualification which has been developed by the Sector Skills Council. The Apprenticeship framework will include the following elements;

• Professional Cookery (Food Preparation and Cooking) – Level 3 Diploma (NVQ)
• Hospitality and Catering Principles (Professional Cookery) – Level 3 Certificate
• Mathematics – Level 2
• English – Level 2
• Personal Learning & Thinking Skills
• Employment Rights and Responsibilities

Entry requirements

An employee/apprentice must be over 16 years of age with no prior level 4 qualifications or above working a minimum of 30 contracted hours per week in an appropriate occupational role

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed againsts a set of nationally recognised standards which are set by the Awarding Body. The competence based element assessment will be via direct observation and work place supporting evidence. The knowledge based element may be assessed via a test, reflective review or assignment to confirm that you have achieved and understood the level of knowledge required. Whereas Functional Skills be be assessed via on-line tests.

What can I do next

Three months before completing this Apprenticeship framework a review will take place with yourself and your employer to discuss progression opportunties which may lead to a permanent employment contract, further study or indeed both.