Level 2 Production Chef Apprenticeship Standard

Course Code: P265573

Key Information

  • Course type


  • Campus:

    Highbury Campus

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  • Attendance:

    One day a week

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Level 2 Production Chef Apprenticeship Standard

For the apprentice looking to develop their skills to become Production Chef.

Units include:

  • maintaining excellent standards of personal, food and kitchen hygiene
  • ensuring compliance to procedures, menu specifications and recipes
  • producing food, meeting portion controls and budgetary constraints
  • adapting and producing dishes to meet special dietary, religious and allergenic requirements
  • following, completing and maintaining production schedules, legislative and quality standard documentation
  • using specialist kitchen equipment
  • communicating internally and externally with customers and colleagues
  • commitment to personal development activities.

Production chefs work as part of a team in time-bound and often challenging kitchen environments, for example, schools, hospitals, the armed forces, care homes and high street casual dining, take away services or pub kitchens. You will report to the senior production chef or appropriate line manager. In your role, you are likely to work with centrally developed standardised recipes and menus, producing food, often in high volumes. You will apply highly methodical organisational skills, energy, accuracy, attention to detail and be mindful of the importance of sustainability and protecting the environment.

To successfully complete the apprenticeship, you will need both maths and English at grade 2 or above, or Functional Skills Level 1. If necessary, these can be studied at College alongside your apprenticeship.

Monthly attendance during term-time, in class for one full day and attendance to English and maths is essential if required. Additional attendance may be required for workshops and revision sessions. Attendance will be continuously monitored for College and employment.

There will be regular meetings with your trainer and employer, to discuss progress and ensure timely completion of all elements of your apprenticeship. These meetings may take place in College or in the workplace.

You will take responsibility for studying for your exams and gathering evidence and completing your portfolio of work, while in the workplace. Your employer is responsible for managing you, supporting and mentoring throughout your apprenticeship, and liaising with your tutor on a regular basis. Your training provider will supervise and support progress in developing your portfolio, and support you in preparation for your synoptic case study exam.

You will spend 6 hours of your apprenticeship working towards your off-the-job learning, which can consist of college attendance, homework/coursework, project related work, employer training, mentoring, and coaching – plus a number of other tasks (more information can be shared).

You will be taught by a fully qualified, experienced trainer in the classroom/kitchen, using a range of resources, including text books, demonstrations, practical tasks, and eLearning. You will have access to the college’s own Virtual Learning Environment, OneFile, and will be expected to complete off the job study for at least six hours per week. You will be assessed by an external examiner at the end of your programme to achieve the Level 2 Production Chef Apprenticeship.

You will build a portfolio of work and a workplace trainer will be in regular contact to provide support, and to arrange on-site visits to observe your ability and skills in your daily role. It is important for you to take ownership of your own learning by seeking out opportunities to gain new skills on the job with your employer. Your final grade will be determined by collective performance in the assessments in the endpoint assessment.

1: on-demand test
2: practical observation
3: professional discussion (to demonstrate that you can apply the broad range of knowledge, skills, and behaviours in the Standard.)

School Leavers under the age of 19 do not have to pay fees on any full time courses, though may have to pay for their second year if turning 19 during their studies. If you’re aged 19 or over you might qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. It’s easy to apply for and you won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £25,000. If you are studying a part-time course and you receive one of the following benefits, or you depend financially on someone who does, you may be entitled to have your tuition fees waived: Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support. You will, however, have to pay any awarding body/assessment fees (unless you are on a first full level 2 course). * If you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit or receive other allowances, you may be eligible to claim concessionary rates. If you are entitled to a fee concession you will be asked to provide proof of your entitlement. It is essential that you inform us if your entitlement changes at any time during your course.

You can progress to a Level 3 qualification including a Level 3 apprenticeship or into employment or higher education.

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