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Catering and professional chefs apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the catering and professional chefs sector.

Working as a chef is a highly skilled, practical career-path. The catering industry as a whole contributes billions to the UK economy, and is one of the biggest employers of young people in the UK.

Training opportunities

Chefs are needed in every food establishment, from local pubs to silver service Michelin Star restaurants.

With this apprenticeship, you will gain the practical experience needed to progress, as well as the theory behind the dishes you create.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of catering and professional chefs apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • school cook/chef
  • kitchen assistant
  • craft chef – fine dining
  • craft chef – casual dining or restaurants, hotels and gastro pubs
  • commis chef – Bangladeshi cuisine
  • wok chef, deep fry chef – Chinese cuisine
  • cook/chef – Indian cuisine
  • stir fry specialist, assistant chef/cook – Thai cuisine
  • commis chef or demi chef or chef de partie

Advanced level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • sous chef or senior chef
  • sous chef or senior chef/cook – fine dining
  • sous chef or senior chef/cook – restaurants, hotels and gastro pubs
  • pastry chef

Apply for a catering and professional chefs apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education