Chef de Partie Apprenticeship

Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship Standard

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As Chef de Partie you will be running your own section in a professional kitchen working closely with the Sous and Head Chef to manage a small team of Commis Chefs, developing your management skills. As a Chef de Partie, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your creativity and flair, assisting the Head and Sous Chef in menu design, presentation and planning. You will develop your financial acumen through costing of dishes and control of resources including effective waste management, learning how to maximise productivity and improve Gross Profit percentage. You will explore the principles of sustainability, traceability and seasonality of food commodities, enhancing your menu design and planning skills. You will research and develop your knowledge of Food Safety legislation, allergen control, current food trends and religious barriers to food.

Embarking on a Chef de Partie course is the next step in your journey to becoming one of a new generation of chefs, taking our industry to the next level.

How to apply

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Our expectation is that all Apprentices should already possess English and Mathematics to a GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent. However, we will consider applicants without these grades subject to an initial assessment with one of the Apprenticeship Team.

Day Release, one day a week at HSDC for taught lessons and four days at your place of work for on-the-job training and learning with a monthly visit from your Apprenticeship Assessor.

Duration of Apprenticeship: 15 months & 1-3 months End Point Assessment period.

Apprentices are taught via a mix of classroom delivery, time in our professional kitchens, work-based learning/assessment and vocational “on and off the job training”.

Practical observation, culinary challenge, on demand test and professional discussion.

Progression from this Apprenticeship is expected to be advancing to a Senior Culinary Chef role.

Opportunities may exist to gain professional accreditation in your chosen field post completion of the qualification. Your Assessor will support you with information on gaining professional accreditation. 

As we work with Apprentices that are already employed, if you attend our day release programmes you will mix with a diverse range of businesses with Apprentices in the same sector.

The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

Jodie Hook

The teaching and support was really great, the quality was really great, all the teachers really care about your education as well as your wellbeing, they take everything into consideration and they’re great.

Katie Whittingham, A Level student

You take control of your own learning…the college were really helpful and always willing to do anything and go that extra step to help me get my grades.

Scarlette Tiller, A Level student