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Chef skills shortages within the UK have been well documented, with skills gaps and possible solutions articulated in research carried out by People 1st International in 2017. The SDS commissioned research carried out by the University of Strathclyde in 2019 built on this research to explore current and future chef skills needs in Scotland. People 1st International will offer the proposed Production Chef progression pathway to address the perceived gaps in current provision, build on the wider work already being done by the SDS Chef Skills Group to raise the attractiveness of the profession as a career of choice, and complete the suite of Hospitality Modern Apprenticeships.

The qualification

SCQF Level 5

SCQF Level 5

Your apprentice will complete an SVQ in Production Chef at SVQF Level 5.

Entry requirements

There are no specified entry requirements for entry on to the apprenticeship programme. Employers set their own criteria.

Progression and development

Following competition of the Production Chef apprenticeship candidates will be provided with a clear progression pathway to the new Senior Production Chef Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 6.

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How is it funded?

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

See training contribution calculator below to determine funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employers to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take 12-24 months to complete.

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Sound right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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