York College

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Course Length

12 months.

Role Profile

A Level 2 Production Chef Apprenticeship is for those who are working as part of a team in a variety of different areas, such as the private, public or third sector and in all sizes of organisations. They are likely to work in an environment where they have centrally developed recipes and menus, often produced in high volume. Specific responsibilities will vary, but the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed will be the same whatever role.

Typical Job roles

Key responsibilities are likely to include working with other team members, knowledge of food safety, assisting in the preparation, cooking and finishing of a range of menu items. Attention to detail, understanding the importance of sustainability and protecting the environment. Assisting in the opening and close down of the kitchen under the direction of a more senior member of the team.

Entry Requirements

There is a requirement for candidates to have English and Maths GCSEs at grade 3/D or a Level 1 functional skills qualification in those areas.
Employers may also set their own specific entry requirements.

Students with international qualifications will need to have them converted, for which there will be a cost, through the national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills (NARIC) website. This is required to confirm they are comparable to UK qualifications at the start of the programme in readiness for gateway and the end point assessment.


Level 2 Production Chef Apprenticeship. 

Method of Delivery

Delivery will be in partnership with employers and will adopt a blended learning approach of on and off the job training. Apprentices receive training and mentoring in the workplace and knowledge, skills and behaviour development at York College through a combination of classroom/workshop based activities. Apprentices will attend College one day a week.

End Point Assessment

Apprentices must pass the End Point Assessment in order to achieve the Apprenticeship Certificate which comprises of the following:

60 minute on demand test
Practical observation
Professional discussion

Career Progression

On successful completion apprentices could progress on to the Senior Production Chef or Chef de Partie Apprenticeship or into a more senior role within the Organisation.


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