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12-18 months – 1 day a week at College, 4 days a week in the workplace


Senior production chefs strive to produce customers’ meals consistently to perfection according to predetermined specifications. They have the ability to work independently and lead a team in often hot and highly challenging kitchen environments. Production Chefs are likely to work in organisations where brands, recipes and menus have been created by a central development team. Production chefs and their teams work quickly and efficiently, producing food often in high volumes, which is repeated day after day, requiring energy, highly methodical organisational skills and attention to detail.

Am I ready to start?

You will ideally have 4 GCSEs at grades 2-9 (previously A*-F)

To start on this apprenticeship you would have already achieved a level of skill and knowledge to be able to prepare and cook a range of dishes.

What does the course involve?

A Senior Chef will be required to demonstrate knowledge, skills and behaviours across 4 key areas. These include:

  • Business
  • People
  • Food Safety
  • Culinary

The End Point Assessment will test the entire Standard, and will comprise of: Knowledge test, practical observation, business project and a professional discussion.

This qualification is graded Pass/ Distinction/Fail

How and when will I study?

12-18 months – 1 day a week at College, 4 days a week in the workplace.

Apprenticeship Standards are assessed through independent end point assessors. Your role as an apprentice may vary depending on your employer. Learners that have not yet achieved a minimum of grade 4 or C in GCSE English or Maths will be required to complete a Level 2 functional skill qualification prior to taking the end point assessment.

Down to business, what can I do and what can I earn?

Those who successfully achieve the Senior Chef Apprenticeship in Production Cooking will be ready to progress onto a higher level position, apprenticeship or further training.

You could also progress into Supervisory roles within the sector.

Stansted Airport and its business partner’s offer many exciting career opportunities and this qualification will enable you to secure a role across a number of specialist areas within the food production and hospitality sector.  You could be working within a multinational hotel, a VIP lounge at the airport or even a highly reputable restaurant or food outlet as a Head Chef, Executive Chef or a General Manager.

We currently work closely with a number of highly reputable companies to ensure learners are developing the skills they require to have a successful career. These include Novotel, Hilton, Caviar House, Radisson and more.

Approval Status

Subject to approval by awarding organisation

Got a job?

You must have a job to do an apprenticeship. If you already have a job you may be able to do an apprenticeship with your current employer.

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An apprenticeship comprises two parts:

  • Typically 20% study element (at Harlow College or Stansted Airport College).
  • 80% work based element with an employer. It is your responsibility to find an employer.

Great, so what do I do now?

Call 01279 868240 to speak to an Apprenticeships adviser

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