Catering and Hospitality
Starting Salary: £12,000-£17,000 (once qualified)
Qualification: NVQ for those doing a framework or a Standard
Length: Approx 1 Year
Type: Apprenticeship
Apprenticeship Overview

Working as a Chef is a highly skilled, practical career-path that is in demand all over the world. 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 years, 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 – 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above (one in English or Maths) or equivalent.

Advanced Apprenticeship – 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above (one in English or Maths) or successful completion of an Intermediate Apprenticeship, or equivalent. These requirements are subject to change and may also differ to meet the needs of the employer.

As well as a College interview, progression onto an Apprenticeship is subject to an employer interview.

Don’t worry if you didn’t get the required grades, we can work with you to find a suitable route on to your Apprenticeship.

Job Roles

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship:

  • School Cook/Chef
  • Kitchen Assistant
  • Craft Chef – Fine Dining
  • Craft Chef – Casual Dining
  • Commis Chef
  • Wok Chef

Advanced Level Apprenticeship:

  • Sous Chef or Senior Chef
  • Sous Chef or Senior Chef/Cook – Fine Dining
  • Pastry Chef
  • NVQ when undertaking a framework
  • Standard when undertaking an Apprenticeship such as Chef de Partie, Senior Chef Production Cooking or Commis Chef
  • 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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