Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Catering & Hospitality | Senior Production Chef | Advanced Apprenticeship | Level 3

Course Type: Apprenticeships Start Date: January 2020 Duration: 12-18 months Qualification: City & Guilds NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery Level 3 Awarding Body: C&G

Why this apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to gain a nationally recognised qualification and valuable skills whilst working.

You will learn advanced cookery skills and techniques, including preparing and constructing complex dishes, as well as canapés and cocktails. You will have input on designing menus and the units you wish to take to achieve the qualification.

This apprenticeship is aimed at extending your skill set to become a Senior Production Chef and achieve your full potential by creating diverse and interesting dishes. The senior production chef takes on a supervisor role, often overseeing a team or supporting the head chef. The role will enable you to develop organisational skills 

This apprenticeship can either be assessed in the workplace (or those already in employment) or at College as day-release for those students who require the College to find them a suitable placement.

We are a major provider of apprenticeships in the South East, helping employers to find the right apprentice for their business or up-skill existing employees, and supporting individuals to succeed.


Apprenticeships are available for school leavers and adults (19+), beginning at Level 2 through to degree level.

What levels are available?


Wages vary depending on the type of apprenticeship but there is a national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK which applies to all 16-18 year olds and to those aged 19 or over in the first year of their studies. From October 2017, this is £3.50 per hour. However, the MET encourages employers to pay at a higher hourly rate.

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Entry requirements

Anyone aged 16 or over can apply for an apprenticeship. You cannot be self-employed and must have lived in the UK or EU for the past three years to be eligible.

Apprentices work towards a qualification/skill such as an NVQ/Diploma Level 3, Functional Skills and in some areas a relevant technical certificate diploma.

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How much will I earn?

Apprenticeships are paid training schemes. You will learn and earn at the same time.

Wages will vary depending on the type of apprenticeship, but there is a national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK which applies to all 16 – 18 year olds and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their studies. From April 2018, this is £3.70 per hour and from April 2019 it will increase to £3.90 per hour. However, the MET encourages employers to pay at a higher hourly rate. After a year, all apprentices need to be paid the minimum wage for their age. For more information please see the Government NMW web page.

How long does an apprenticeship take?

An apprenticeship can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level and subject area. As a guide, an Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship usually takes around 12 to 18 months and an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship around 18 to 24 months.

What might my working hours be?

Apprentices are required to have a minimum of 30 contracted hours with an employer who will agree working patterns. Expect 20% of your contracted time to be dedicated to your apprenticeship training.

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