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Professional Cookery Apprenticeship Level 2 at Preston's College

Course description

The catering industry covers hotels, restaurants, pubs, bars and nightclubs, contract catering, holiday centres and school catering. It operates across well known chains and in small businesses, including owner/operators, which make up just less than three quarters of employers. The hotel and catering industry as a whole is a big employer and contributes around £30bn to the English economy each year, with the restaurant industry alone employing two thirds of a million people. The industry is facing a number of key challenges to make sure that staff have the right skills and once trained, that they stay and develop their skills to fulfill their career ambitions, contributing to increased productivity and business profitability.

Course content

The Apprenticeship allows you to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, in areas where there are known skills gaps and ‘hard to fill’ vacancies. The Level 2 Apprenticeship provides an entry route into the sector, and is suitable for those people moving into a new job, or for equipping existing employees with new skills and learning. The Level 3 Apprenticeship provides progression routes to technical supervisory and management roles and senior operative roles where there are skills gaps and increasing future demand.

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) are an essential component an Apprenticeship and include six groups of skills that, together with the functional skills of English and math are essential to success in learning, life and work, they are:
– Creative thinking
– Independent enquiry
– Reflective learning
– Team working
– Self management
– Effective participation

Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) is also a mandatory component of this Framework.

Entry requirements

All Apprenticeships require an initial assessment, interview and employment in the industry. At Level 2, you’ll also need four GCSEs at grade D or above including English and maths.


Ongoing formal and informal assessments will be completed throughout the course. These assessments will prove industry knowledge and show how you would go about applying this knowledge in a creative and effective way to everyday situations. There will also be examinations, on-line tests and portfolio completion.

Future opportunities

You can progress to the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Preston's College directly.

Last updated date: 25 May 2016
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