York College

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Production and process engineers

Up to £41,000

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Course Length

12 months.

Role Profile

A Senior Production Chef is a first line management role, with operational responsibilities or responsibility for managing a team. They provide direction, instruction and guidance to ensure the achievement of set goals. Working in the private, public or third sector and in all sizes of organisation. Specific responsibilities will vary, but the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed will be the same whatever the role. Senior Production Chefs will also have accountability for the day-to-day running of the kitchen service, they may lead a brigade in the kitchen or support a Head Chef in larger establishments.

Typical Job roles

Key responsibilities are likely to include supporting, managing and developing team members, covering legislative requirements, producing, monitoring and maintaining food standards. Identifying training needs within the team. Maintaining the operating budget and supporting cost reduction. Supervise and contribute to the production of centrally developed recipes and menus.

Entry Requirements

Candidates require a relevant Level 2 course or equivalent industry experience. You will usually have literacy and numeracy at grade 4/C. 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 3 Senior Production Chef Apprenticeship.
Functional skills at Level 2 or equivalent (if applicable)

Method of Delivery

Delivery will be in partnership with employers and will adopt a blended learning approach combining 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 and workshop based lessons. 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:

90 minute on demand test
4 hour practical test
60 minute professional discussion.

Career Progression

On successful completion of the apprenticeship there may be an opportunity to study a higher level qualification or progress into a management role within the organisation.


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