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Food Processing and Cooking Apprenticeship at Protocol Skills

Course description

Description: It's not just about great food and drink or the competent delivery of hospitality service. The business sector values people with a positive attitude towards customers, themselves and other employees, who strive towards delivering the highest standards of quality, service and cleanliness.

The hospitality standards have been designed to meet the demands of today's highly competitive market in the preparation and delivery of great, quality food and drink and the provision of the highest standards of hospitality and customer service.

What does it comprise of?
The vocational qualification is designed for work-based learning and provides flexible training through the study of 3 mandatory and 8 optional units. The Level 2 NVQ and Apprenticeship incorporate Key Skills and learning about employment rights and responsibilities.

The optional units are made up from 2 categories. At least 4 units must be chosen from category
A and at least 3 units must be chosen from category B.

The unit headings are:

Mandatory units
- Maintain a safe, hygienic and secure working environment
- Contribute to effective teamwork
- Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food

8 optional units, at least 4 from group A and 3 from group B

Optional Group A
- Cook and finish basic meat dishes
- Cook and finish basic fish dishes
- Cook and finish basic poultry dishes
- Cook and finish basic vegetable dishes
- Cook-chill food
- Cook-freeze food
- Prepare, cook and finish basic hot sauces
- Prepare, cook and finish basic rice dishes
- Prepare, cook and finish basic pasta dishes
- Prepare, cook and finish basic pulse dishes
- Prepare, cook and finish basic egg dishes
- Prepare, cook and finish basic bread and dough products
- Prepare, cook and finish basic pastry products
- Prepare, cook and finish basic cakes, sponges and scones
- Prepare, cook and finish basic grain dishes
- Prepare, cook and finish basic healthier dishes
- Prepare, cook and finish basic hot and cold desserts
- Prepare and present food for cold presentation
- Prepare, cook, finish and present flour, dough and tray-bake products
- Prepare hot and cold sandwiches

Optional Group B
- Complete kitchen documentation
- Set up and close kitchen
- Package food for delivery
- Give customers a positive impression of yourself and your organisation (ICS)
- Order stock
- Maintain a vending machine
- Maintain and deal with payments
- Provide counter/takeaway service
- Convert a room for dining
- Supervise the work of staff

Each of the units is made up from specific elements applicable to a Food Processing or Cooking role, for example preparing, storing and cooking food, dealing with payments and maintaining a safe and hygienic environment. Assessment takes place through evaluation of workplace performance, presenting evidence, witness testimony and questioning. A portfolio of evidence is produced which demonstrates that the candidate can perform to the level described. Participants will all have a Training Assessor who will help assemble the portfolio and prepare for assessment.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements: No formal qualifications are required, however candidates must not hold a degree, not be in full time education and be contracted to work for a minimum of 16 hours per week.

Future opportunities

What other learning could you do: The course offers you a specialist work-based qualification to support a career in the manufacturing industry or to progress onto further education to study an NVQ level 3 in Food and Drink Manufacturing or related subjects such as Health and Safety.

With further training, you could continue to develop your career in the manufacturing industry by working as a Warehouse Manager or Machine Operator in a food or drinks factory.

The course is work based which means you can earn and learn at the same time whilst developing the leadership skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers in the manufacturing industry are looking for, particularly those related to food and drink.

Further information

Where Can I Find More Information:To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Protocol Skills directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 12 Months