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“A catering and professional food preparation apprentice learns to prepare and serve food at restaurants, hotels, holiday accommodation, cafés, pubs and a range of other businesses”

At a time when consumers are increasingly demanding meals that are cooked from scratch using fresh ingredients, chef and food preparation skills are vitally important. At the intermediate level of this apprenticeship, you’ll work as a kitchen assistant helping with food preparation and keeping the working area clean and tidy, or as a school cook, preparing, cooking and serving nutritious meals in large volumes. Successful completion of an advanced level apprenticeship could lead to more senior roles, such as a sous chef or senior chef, preparing and finishing food from scratch for a variety of dishes and ingredients. Or you may choose to specialise in patisserie and confectionery and become a pastry chef. Whichever pathway you choose, you’ll need to have a positive, hard-working attitude and excellent standards of personal hygiene. Most roles in catering will require you to work shifts.

Duration: 12 to 18 months

Relevant school subjects: Food technology

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs; Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £20,000 per annum

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