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Catering and Professional Chefs - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship

Course Type: Apprenticeships Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 1 Year Entry requirements: 3 GCSEs grade 3 or above, including English and Maths Assessment: Practical assessments, written assignments and short answer question papers Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma in Professional Cookery/Food Production Level 2 Awarding Body: C&G

Why this apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship introduces apprentices to the core skills needed when working in professional cookery. Apprentices will cover key areas of catering requirements such as teamwork, food safety and hygiene.

The Level 2 is suitable for individuals who cook, prepare and finish food, avoiding shortages and wastage, ensuring constant supply of the full range of menu items, food safety, health, safety and welfare.

Learners will develop their skills when dealing with a menu requiring a breadth of skills and knowledge across all areas of cookery, able to cook from scratch using fresh ingredients.

Functional Skills may be required dependant on Apprenticeship framework and previous qualifications achieved.

Apprenticeships

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


What levels are available?

Wages

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.

The Level 2 apprenticeship is an intermediate level equivalent to five good GCSE passes. Apprentices work towards a qualification/skill such as an NVQ/Diploma Level 2, Functional Skills and in some areas a relevant technical certificate diploma. These provide the skills you need for your chosen career and allow progression onto an Advanced Apprenticeship.

Why choose an apprenticeship?

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

Course content

This course will support you to achieve:

  • Food Safety
  • Effective Teamwork
  • Preparation, Cooking and Finishing Different Foods
  • Health, Safety and Security in the Hospitality Working Environment
  • Food Hygiene

Why the MET?

Our industry experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus.

Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.

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.

Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Restaurant or catering establishment manager/proprietor

Typical Tasks:

  • Plans catering services and directs staff.
  • Decides on range and quality of meals and beverages to be provided.
  • Discusses customer requirements for special occasions.
  • Purchases or directs the purchasing of supplies and arranges for preparation of accounts.
  • Verifies that quality of food, beverages and waiting service is as required, that kitchen and dining areas are kept clean and appropriate hygiene standards are maintained in compliance with statutory requirements.
  • Plans and arranges food preparation in collaboration with other staff and organises the provision of waiting or counter staff.
  • Checks that supplies are properly used and accounted for to prevent wastage and loss and to keep within budget limit.
  • Determines staffing, financial, material and other short- and long-term requirements.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 6.2% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £16,751

AVERAGE £22,991

POTENTIAL £36,095

Desired Skills:
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics

Baker or flour confectioner

Typical Tasks:

  • Weighs ingredients according to recipe.
  • Mixes ingredients using hand or machine to obtain the required consistency.
  • Rolls and cuts pastry, stretches, kneads and moulds dough to form bread, rolls and buns.
  • Fills and glazes pastry, mixes ingredients for cakes.
  • Bakes bread, pastry and cakes.
  • Makes cake decorations, spreads icing, fillings and toppings on products.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 1.3% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £14,255

AVERAGE £17,141

POTENTIAL £23,712

Desired Skills:
  • Monitoring
  • Active Learning
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing

Chef

Typical Tasks:

  • Requisitions or purchases and examines foodstuffs from suppliers to ensure quality.
  • Plans menus, prepares, seasons and cooks foodstuffs or oversees their preparation and monitors the quality of finished dishes.
  • Supervises, organises and instructs kitchen staff and manages the whole kitchen or an area of the kitchen.
  • Ensures relevant hygiene and health and safety standards are maintained within the kitchen.
  • Plans and co-ordinates kitchen work such as fetching, clearing and cleaning of equipment and utensils.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 3.7% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £14,216

AVERAGE £16,887

POTENTIAL £24,492

Desired Skills:
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Mathematics
  • Writing

Cook

Typical Tasks:

  • Requisitions or purchases foodstuffs and checks quality.
  • Plans meals, prepares, seasons and cooks foodstuffs.
  • Cooks and sells a range of meals, such as fish and chips, over the counter.
  • Plans and co-ordinates kitchen work such as fetching, clearing and cleaning of equipment and utensils.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 5.5% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £14,372

AVERAGE £16,712

POTENTIAL £22,581

Desired Skills:
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Mathematics
  • Writing
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