What is a food production and cooking apprentice?
As a food production and cooking apprentice you will learn how to produce food. You will be responsible for cooking a range of different dishes, using the different methods and presenting them to look appealing.
You will usually work within a large team of people. The type of foods you might be cooking can vary depending on the place of employment you may be cooking foods in a restaurant, hotel, care home, school, pub, café, fast food outlet or large business.
What is the work like?
As a food production and cooking apprentice you will learn skills and techniques from each area of a food production environment. You will take responsibility for your own area of production within your place of employment; this could change on a daily basis. You will be required to wear protective uniforms to ensure health and safety standards are adhered to. This is in the interest of both the customer and the business. Your main duties will typically include:
- Cooking pre-prepared food
- Chilling and freezing food to be cooked at a later date
- Ensuring the work you produce is of a high standard and that you are constantly monitoring this
- Implementing and maintaining health and safety standards and guidelines
- Stock ordering and organising the stockroom
- Maintaining a clean and efficient working environment
How will the training take place?
Typically this course will take a year and on completion you will gain an NVQ/VCQ level 2. To complete this qualification you won’t need to go to a further education (FE) college or training centre. Your time will be spent in a place of employment where you will get to learn practical skills from seeing a real working environment. You will shadow qualified members of staff so that you are able to learn first-hand how to perform the role. You will also get the opportunity to assist in activities; once you pass your assessments and progress through the course you will be able to start completing tasks on your own. To ensure you are competent in completing tasks a Remit assessor will visit you periodically at your work place to complete the assessment by testing you.
What are the skills required to gain this apprenticeship?
To be a food production and cooking apprentice you need to be able to demonstrate:
- Passion for cooking
- Good communication skills
- The ability to work under pressure
- The ability to multi task
- Good team working skills
- Conscientious about hygiene and safety
- Good organisational skills
What qualifications are required to gain this apprenticeship?
The qualification requirements will differ dependent on the requests of the employer. Some employers may require higher grades at G.C.S.E level than others.
At Remit we recommend you apply and register with us irrelevant of what grades you gained at G.C.S.E level. We will then be able to contact you and advise you of the requirements of the employer and when other vacancies become available in your area. If you need any additional support whilst gaining your qualifications Remit can help you. We can also support you in completing your Functional/Key Skills (Core Skills in Scotland) which is a mandatory requirement needed for all apprenticeships and courses if you have not gained a G.C.S.E C or above in Maths and English.
What can you expect once you are qualified?
Jobs in food production and cooking will usually work within a shift pattern which could be morning, evening and night over seven days a week.
From 1st October 2015 an apprentice will earn a minimum of £3.30 per hour. This is the minimum salary and some employers may choose to pay more. Once qualified you may expect to earn between £11,000 – £15,000 per year, as you gain more experience and complete further training you may expect this salary to rise. There may be opportunities for shift and overtime pay depending on your employer. You may also be eligible for holiday entitlement, company pension and private healthcare schemes.
Please note: These figures are meant as a guide only and may vary from employer to employer and may be dependent on the geographical area.
How do I apply to be a food production and cooking apprentice?
If you are interested in becoming a food production and cooking apprentice you will need to register your interest with Remit by completing the online application form here. Remit will be able to place you on an apprenticeship all year round. However it is important that you register your details as soon as you start year 11 and have decided that an apprenticeship is the option for you; this will give us the best chance of finding an employer in time for you finishing school.
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To register your details please click here and fill in the online application.