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Food Preparation and Cooking Intermediate Apprenticeship Level 2 at St Helens College

Course description

The catering industry has seen incredible growth throughout the UK, due to the boost in tourism and visitor numbers. This means that there are plenty of career opportunities within this fast-paced industry, such as working for a small, family-run pub, global hotel chain, Michelin starred restaurant, or your own business.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine practical on-the-job training with work related qualifications for those aged 16 or above, living in England.

Apprentices will gain a good technical knowledge base of the sector as a whole and, combined with real, practical, work experience, will gain competency in the workplace and the development of transferable skills.

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Who is this Apprenticeship suitable for?

This apprenticeship is suitable for those who are currently working within this sector or are looking to gain employment within this sector as a commis chef in a hotel&44; restaurant or other food outlets. This course is about learning, developing real skills and preparing you for a successful career as a professional chef. This course will enable you to cook to the highest standard.

What type of work will I do and what qualifications will I gain?

Although apprenticeships will vary depending on your entry level and your employer, you will gain a range of skills from the varying tasks you complete, these could include:

  • Maintain, handle and clean knives, Health and safety in catering and hospitality
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic fish, meat, poultry, dishes
  • Healthier food and special diets
  • Food safety in catering
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic vegetable dishes
  • Prepare and cook stocks, soups and sauces
  • Prepare and cook rice, pasta, grains and egg dishes
  • Make basic stock
  • Produce hot and cold desserts and puddings
  • Produce pastry products

You will also gain the following qualifications:

  • Competence and Knowledge Qualification - Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery (Food Preparation and Cooking) and Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Professional Cookery)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Level 1 Functional Skills Maths (NCFE)
  • Level 1 Functional Skills English (NCFE)

What skills and qualities will I need for this apprenticeship?

  • Motivated and committed
  • Good communicator
  • Passionate about the industry
  • Good team-player
  • Forward thinker who uses own initiative
  • Possess a high level of energy and enthusiasm

Entry requirements

This is dependent on your employer and on the level of the apprenticeship you apply for.

You will normally need at least grade C or above in your English and maths GCSEs. If you don't have these, don't worry. You can work towards your functional skills in English and maths alongside your apprenticeship training at St Helens College.


As an apprentice, you will be assigned an assessor, who will visit you in the workplace to observe the tasks you complete. You will also complete a number of relevant work-related modules at the College. All of which will contribute to the overall success of your apprenticeship.

Financial information

How much will I earn?

With an apprenticeship you will earn while you learn. You are entitled to the National Minimum Wage. As of 1st October 2015, this is £3.30 an hour for 16 to 18 year olds. 

Future opportunities

Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship you could progress onto the next level of study or you could go onto secure a permanent job with your current employer.

Further information

How long will this apprenticeship take to complete?

Depending on the level you enter and the employer you work for, an apprenticeship can vary in duration, from one year to four years.

The average duration of this apprenticeship is 12 months. This will be discussed and confirmed with each individual apprentice after initial advice and guidance and initial assessments are completed.

How does an employer benefit from this apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship will provide employers with an apprentice that has the skills, knowledge and competency to successfully progress within a business and contribute to their overall efficiency and productivity.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Helens College directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2016

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