This apprenticeship enables you to turn your enthusiasm for food and cookery into a rewarding career. You will develop skills and techniques to create a wide range of dishes to high standards, while gaining insights into the career and promotion prospects in the hospitality industry.
You will need a minimum of English and Maths GCSEs at grades D-G.
Your framework will include the Intermediate Diploma in Professional Cookery, a Technical Certificate and Functional Skills in English and Maths at Level 1. You will develop your maths and English skills to support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills.
You will be assessed through a wide range of methods including practical observation, online testing, assignments and the preparation of a portfolio of evidence.
You will be provided with a dedicated mentor to support and guide you through your qualification.
Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.
You will be required to purchase a kit which contains a selection of chef's knives to enable you to practise your skills at home and in the workplace.
You will also be required to purchase chef's whites and safety shoes.
You can progress to an advanced apprenticeship at Level 3 – in subjects such as Professional Cookery or Hospitality Supervision and Leadership.
This course opens up a range of different career pathways within a catering, kitchen or food production environment, with potential promotion to roles such as chef de partie, sous chef or team supervisor.
Derby College catering student Jack Bowler has extended his menu of career choices by taking a foundation degree in international hospitality management.Jack, who already holds level 2 and 3 qualifications in catering and hospitality via the college is now learning the management and front of house aspects of the hospitality industry as well as the catering side.During his level 3 course Jack also gained confidence-building experience through working at the college's Engine Shed fine dining restaurant at the Roundhouse.Jack, who was inspired to cook from a young age by his mum and gran, now plans to progress to level 5 and gain his BA Honours degree. He is currently working in the kitchens at Calke Abbey at weekends and will be taking on more shifts when he completes his foundation degree. Ultimately he hopes to find a job in his chosen field through educational work experience.
He said: "I love cooking but it's been interesting learning new things and finding out about the management aspects too. I enjoy being front of house as I've always liked interacting with customers.
"Derby College has such great facilities, including the new Fujitsu and Intel Innovation Hub which recently opened at the Roundhouse. The hub's got fantastic top of the range technology and quiet study areas."