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Catering and Professional Chefs Intermediate Apprenticeship at Gateshead College

Course description

If you are creative, like working with people, have lots of ambition and happy to work varied hours a job in the hospitality and catering sector may be for you. There are many different job roles within the industry and to become an apprentice in this area you will need to secure employment in one of these roles.

Depending on the role you choose you will probably spend most of the day on your feet and you are usually required to work flexible days to fit in with the nature of the business. If you are working in a hotel it may mean working 5 nights a week and the 2 you have off work will be your actual days off.

You will have a high level of public contact, therefore will need to be well presented, clean and take good care of your personal hygiene. You will have the ability to communicate well, be polite at all times and even if working in a kitchen you will be expected to go in to public areas i.e. the restaurant during service time to serve customers or replenish food items on a buffet.

A career in hospitality and catering can offer you a vast choice of opportunities, leading to management positions in establishments such as 5* hotels and restaurants all over the world. The sector is hard work, long hours but very rewarding. If you feel like this is for you read on.

Course content

  • National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) – recognises and accredits your competence in the workplace
  • Technical certificate – demonstrates your technical knowledge and capability and provides underpinning knowledge for your NVQ
  • Functional Skills– English and Mathematics

You will attend Gateshead College, Baltic Campus, one day per week for the duration of your apprenticeship.

There are various routes to choose from for the Diploma. The apprentice will need to have a job role within the route chosen.

  • Professional Cookery, Preparation and Cooking
  • Food & Beverage Service
  • Food Production & Cooking
  • Hospitality services

    You will work towards the following qualifications:

  • NVQ Diploma Level 2
  • NVQ Diploma Level 2 in Hospitality and Catering Principles

There are various routes to the Certificate which mirror those of the Diploma. The apprentice will choose the same route as the Diploma they are following. The knowledge-based element can be delivered both on-the-job and off-the-job. If delivered off-the-job, the guided learning hours of the technical certificate should be an indicator of the number of days spent away from the workplace.

You will also get an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate from People 1st when you have completed all the framework requirements.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 April 2016

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    • Gateshead College's Baltic Campus is located on the Gateshead quayside, just minutes from Newcastle City Centre and its attractions.

      The College is situated behind the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The Sage Gateshead.

      The College has its own car park, but at busy times alternative parking is available nearby.

      There is a charge for parking. Students can apply for a permit to allow free parking during study time.