Hospitality & Catering (Professional Cookery) Apprenticeship
Introduction to the trade:
The hospitality and catering industry is a fast-paced, busy and vibrant sector employing over 2.5 million people across the UK. Long term career prospects are good with the industry growing and developing at a fast rate.
This sheer growth has meant that employers are putting together very attractive recruitment packages to attract the right staff. For potential managers the prospects can be tremendous. The shortage of top-calibre people means that those with the right experience and qualifications can progress very quickly.
Career opportunities are vast and range from working in restaurants, hotels, cafes, pubs, clubs, for large-scale contract caterers through to the armed forces, cruise ships and theme parks - to name just a few!
The hospitality and catering professional cookery apprenticeship is a broad and exciting programme offering apprentices the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience utilising the College's training kitchens and restaurant. Herefordshire and Ludlow College's hospitality and catering learners have a renowned reputation, winning prizes at local and national competitions such as the 'Brakes Student Chef Team Challenge? which took place in London in February 2012. The team came third out of 71 entries and were highly commended on their communication, preparation and hygiene skills.
High levels of motivation and drive are required, along with attention to detail, charisma and good people and communication skills. Roles are varied and you could be involved with planning menus, dealing with suppliers, managing a budget, monitoring and maintaining the quality of food, front of house service, etc - no two days will ever be the same!
If you are looking to enter or progress within this dynamic sector, the apprenticeship route offers an respected and recommended route into this sector. Read on to find out more...
What qualifications will I gain?
There are two levels of apprenticeship available, the Intermediate Level 2 and the Advanced Level 3. You would start with the Intermediate apprenticeship which takes 2 years to complete and can then progress to the level 3 if you wish.
Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2)
- Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery - this is the competency part of the qualification and essential for you to achieve the full apprenticeship. This part shows that you are competent in performing the skill, trade or occupation your apprenticeship requires.
- Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Professional Cookery) -to show that you have the necessary technical skills, knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts as well as knowledge and understanding of the relevant market and industry.
- Functional Skills - Providing you with a good level of literacy and numeracy. Level 1 English, and Level 1 maths
How will I be trained?
Apprenticeships are designed with the help of the employers in the industry, so they offer a structured programme that takes you through the skills you need to do a job well. There are targets and checks to make sure that your employer is supporting you and you are making progress.
Some of your training will take place in HLC?s state of the art commercial kitchen supported by guided learning and assessment on the job at your place of work.
Our trainers are drawn from the industry and have a real understanding of what skills you will need to acquire to become successful in this very rewarding career.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment will take place through practical training at the College and at the work place as well as via theory which is demonstrated through a portfolio of evidence. This will involve extensive report writing of a good standard. Work-based assessments are also carried out. Any relevant prior knowledge you may have will be used to assist in planning the programme and training.
What are the entry requirements?
- You would normally be expected to have 4 GCSEs at grade E or above (including maths and English), or a relevant vocational qualification at Level 1 or above.
- Those applicants without formal qualifications but who can evidence substantial and relevant sector work experience will also be considered.
- All applicants are offered a place subject to satisfactory interview and an initial assessment in maths and English.
Minimum Age: 16
Duration: An Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) will take 12 - 18 months (Day release or evening classes)
Apprentices at level 2 work as kitchen assistants, cooks and chefs and will work in a range of large and small kitchens including the NHS, Armed Services and schools, fast food outlets and restaurants offering a variety of cuisines and fine dining, including Asian and Oriental cuisines.
There is scope to progress further on to a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship where there are opportunities to move into jobs as Sous Chefs or Senior Chefs or specialise in pastry and confectionery.
Contact: 0800 032 1986