Catering and Professional Chef
Starting Salary: £12,000 - £17,000 (once qualified)
Qualification: NVQ
Type: Apprenticeship
Apprenticeship Overview

Working as a Chef is a highly skilled, practical career-path that is in demand the world over. The catering industry as a whole contributes billions to the UK economy and is one of the biggest employers of young people in the UK.

Chefs are needed in every food establishment, from local pubs to silver service Michelin Star restaurants! In recent yeas, there has been a real focus on meals being made from scratch, so the demand for highly trained chefs is rising quickly.

Even though the catering industry is well-known for taking on new starters and providing excellent training, there are very few actual qualifications gained through on-the-job training.

With an Apprenticeship in Catering and Professional Cookery, you will gain the practical experience needed to progress, as well as the theory behind the dishes you create. Many of the new starters in this industry see it as a part-time role, so in completing an Apprenticeship, you will have a real advantage when it comes to progression.

Entry Requirements

Intermediate Apprenticeship You will need 4 GCSEs at grade D or above in a minimum of 3 subject areas (one of these must be in English or Maths) or a relevant Level 1 qualification and Level 1 Maths and English.

Advanced Apprenticeship You will need at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above in a minimum of 3 subject areas (one of these must be in English or Maths) or successful completion of an Intermediate Apprenticeship, or equivalent.

Job Roles

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship:

  • School Cook/Chef
  • Kitchen Assistant
  • Craft Chef – Fine Dining
  • Craft Chef – Casual Dining
  • Commis Chef – Bangladeshi Cuisine
  • Wok Chef, Deep Fry Chef – Chinese Cuisine

Advanced Level Apprenticeship:

  • Sous Chef or Senior Chef
  • Sous Chef or Senior Chef/Cook – Fine Dining
  • Pastry Chef
  • NVQ
  • Functional Skills
  • Technical Certificate

Assessment is through practical observation and theoretical tests.

Other information

A Catering and Hospitality Apprenticeship can open doors to a fantastic career! You could continue with your studies, undertaking degree level study at university after an Advanced Apprenticeship. Degrees such as Hotel Management, or Hospitality and Events Management are increasingly popular. You could also decide to study for a number of professional qualifications in your industry in order for you to progress within your career, or could take teaching qualifications in order to become a Catering Teacher.


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