Apprenticeships are available in food preparation, food service, and hospitality services. As an apprentice, you will be employed in the catering and hospitality industry either in a professional kitchen environment or front of house in a food and beverage service role.
You could be working in a restaurant, hotel, club or casino. You will undertake a variety of supervised tasks within your workplace. Your duties will vary depending on the setting, but may include preparing and cooking food to order, receiving and making food orders, food safety, preparing the restaurant for service, serving food and drinks, customer service and taking payment.
The course consists of a minimum of 30 hours per week in a catering/hospitality environment with one day a week in college. The day you are in college you will be developing your kitchen or food service skills. You will be learning new technical skills in the state of the art college kitchens and practising skills learnt in the workplace. Some of your technical skills will be observed in the College kitchens and restaurant. You will also complete your food safety qualification.
4 GCSEs at A*-D or acceptable alternatives including English Language with Maths no lower than an E. You will also need to gain a suitable employer.
The majority of the programme is delivered and assessed in the workplace. You will build a portfolio of evidence to support the tasks you complete at the workplace to demonstrate you can complete tasks safely and use knowledge learnt. On-line assessments will take place at the College or in the workplace.
You can progress onto the NVQ level 3 in Professional Cookery.
You could go onto a career as a commis chef, sous chef, restaurant manager, head chef, food and beverages manager or conference co-ordinator.
Will this course suit me?
An ideal student for this course has an interest in the catering industry and would wish to make a career as a chef restaurateur or other areas of the industry. You must be flexible and self-motivated. You will need good preparation skills and to be well organised. You need to be motivated and to be able to react quickly and confidently to solve problems. You need to be good at dealing with the public and be an excellent communicator.
If your employer does not provide you with a kitchen uniform, you will need to purchase this via the college. The approximate cost is £100.