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Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery (Level 2)


Course outline

If you would like to work in a specialist cuisine or fine dining restaurant, or any other restaurant or catering outlet that serves freshly prepared and cooked food, then this could be just the course for you.

You could be working in production kitchens for events companies, airlines or an organisation that caters for employees, clients or customers.

As a professional cookery apprentice you will learn how to produce a broad range of dishes from fresh raw ingredients.

You will learn the skills and techniques for working in a professional cooking environment. There is a broad range of NVQ units that enable aspiring chefs in a variety of restaurants and catering outlets to achieve this professional qualification, whilst developing the skills specific to their preferred area of work.

You’ll cover employment rights and responsibilities, as well as other industry/coaching qualifications as directed by your employer.

Once a month you will visit our training kitchen in Nottingham on day release to undertake skills sessions working alongside our highly trained staff.

You will also study English and maths.*

English and maths - skills for your future
Employers and universities really value skills in English and maths. So, building on your existing knowledge of these subjects will help you prepare for your future career or further study. *If you are aged 16-18 and have not yet achieved GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above/grade 4 or above don’t worry - we’ll support you with the right lessons to increase your confidence in these essential employability skills.

Enterprise skills
Our courses are designed to help you achieve your ambitions, whether you plan to go on to a higher level of study or start a career. Employability and study skills will be included to help you develop the broad skills required by industry. They will vary from course to course and are designed to meet local and national employer needs.

Next steps

You can register your interest in an Apprenticeship by applying online.

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Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 6AG
  • Level 2 Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery, incorporating:
    • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery,
    • Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Professional Cookery)

12 months

Level Level 2
Entry requirements

You will need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant job but we can assist you in finding a placement.

You will also need GCSEs at grades A* to D/9 to 3 or equivalent in English Language and Maths, however some employers may require additional qualifications depending on the role.

Adults who are aged 19+ with appropriate industry experience but without the necessary qualifications are welcome to apply.

All applicants will be required to undertake an assessment in English and maths prior to enrolling.

Teaching & assessment

Each unit is continually assessed. You will be assessed in the workplace by a fully qualified assessor. You’ll undertake practical assessments and produce a personal portfolio of evidence.

  • Full-time employment
  • Further professional development
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