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 the role of a pastry chef where they are preparing, cooking an finishing desserts and confectionery dishes, monitoring the production of food, ensuring consistent quality and portion control, stock control, stock order and rotation to minimise waste. 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 (Patisserie and Confectionary) – Level 3 Diploma (NVQ)
• General Patisserie and Confectionery – Level 3 Certificate
• Mathematics – Level 2
• English – Level 2
• Personal Learning & Thinking Skills
• Employment Rights and Responsibilities
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 will 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.
Qualifications / Level
Employer Contribution - Funding and Co-funding available