The apprenticeship standards are a new in-depth way of gaining qualifications in your chosen job role. The Level 2 Production Chef is an intermediate apprenticeship, and is equivalent to five GCSEs at grades A-C. It takes approximately 12-15 months to complete (depending on working hours).

As part of the apprenticeship you will engage in off-the-job training, create a portfolio of evidence, and complete the End-Point Assessment.

This apprenticeship qualification suits job roles such as Production Chef, Commis Chef, Apprentice Chef, and many more.

Subject Areas

In completing the Level 2 Production Chef apprenticeship, you will engage in the following subject areas:

  • Kitchen Operations
  • Nutrition
  • Interacting with Colleagues, Managers and Customers
  • Minimising Waste, Quality Assurance and Technology
  • Legal and Governance

This qualification is ideal to get you started on your career in hospitality—no previous qualifications required. For more information regarding these subject areas, give us a call on 01246 278931, or email

Functional Skills

If you have not yet achieved grades A-C in GCSE Maths and English or equivalent, our nationally recognised Functional Skills courses are completed as part of the apprenticeship:

  • The courses will be completed at either Level 1 or Level 2, depending on your learning requirements.
  • The vast majority of learning is delivered within the workplace by our professional tutors, either in person or by remote contact. The only exceptions are the speaking and listening assessments, which may be delivered in a classroom.
  • The tutors will visit your workplace once a month for approximately 3-4 hours per session.
  • With their expert help, you will have all the support you need to achieve your aspirations.

Off-the-Job Training

As part of your apprenticeship, you will engage in off-the-job training. In other words, for 20% of your apprenticeship, you must have time away from your regular duties to engage in training related to your post. This could include, for example, practical training, as well as theory and writing assignments.

You do not need to visit a classroom to complete off-the-job training, and it will be completed within your normal working hours. As part of this training, one of our dedicated tutors will conduct both one-to-one workplace visits and remote learning sessions every 4-6 weeks, with the latter being delivered through video conferencing. Each session lasts 1½-4 hours, depending on your individual learning needs.

Your off-the-job training tasks are set out within your commitment statement at the beginning of your apprenticeship—all you need to do is complete the training, and record the results in a recorded learning log throughout your learning journey.

Showcase Portfolio

During your apprenticeship, you will gather evidence as part of a portfolio to demonstrate your knowledge, skills and behaviours developed over the duration of the programme. This will cover topics such as: knowledge about the kitchen and its operation, understanding how you prepare and use food, how you effectively use kitchen tools, and more.

Forget about lugging around all your work. The online iLearner portfolio system means all your work can be uploaded directly to your account and accessed wherever you go. You may also use this system to access new action plans set by your tutor, as well as check your overall progress in your qualification.

The system is easy to navigate and full guidance will be provided through our iLearner handbook and from your tutor through one-to-one support.

End-Point Assessment

As part of your qualification, you will complete an End-Point Assessment (EPA) to demonstrate the skills, knowledge and behaviours you have developed throughout the programme. You can achieve either a Pass, Merit or Distinction based on your final grade.

For the Level 2 Production Chef apprenticeship, the EPA consists of the following:

  • On-Demand Assessment
    • The on-demand assessment comprises of a multiple choice assessment to cover all options of the production chef standard and scenario-based questions that are relevant to you.
    • This can be taken both online and in the workplace, if needed. No need to travel.
  • Practical Observation
    • The practical observation gives you the chance to showcase your skills and knowledge as part of the assessment.
    • An independent assessor will observe you during initial food preparation and continuing through into food service.
  • Professional Discussion
    • The final component of the EPA is the professional discussion.
    • This is a final interview to see what knowledge and skills you have developed during your qualification, and is a chance to show your understanding of the industry.

    Go Further

    Once you have completed this qualification at Level 2, there are several progression routes available, dependant on your industry and job role:

    You could also progress onto a variety of job roles, such as Head Chef, Second Chef, Kitchen Manager/Supervisor, and many more.

    Call us on 01246 278931 or email to check availability and for further advice about the next steps. Our team will be happy to advise you on additional programmes we provide and can help point you in the right direction for any learning requirement not delivered by Apprentice Team Ltd.

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