Do you love food? Do you enjoy creating new recipes? If so, studying for a professional cooking apprenticeship can help you find a job that allows you to pursue your passion for food. Be part of a sector that is dedicated to creating memorable dining experiences.  

The apprenticeship is great for anyone who wants to improve their kitchen skills. Learn how to cook a range of dishes such as patisserie and confectionary treats. Work with different ingredients and experiment with classic Scottish recipes like cranachan and haggis. Improve your awareness of cleaning techniques and learn about the importance of a healthy work station.  

Scotland’s cooking industry has a variety of jobs for culinary enthusiasts. Work as a chef in a busy restaurant and create your own version of an established recipe. Become a school cook and devise a healthy meal plan for young children. Provide a high level of customer service as a waiter. 

What's the qualification?

You will gain a qualification at SCQF level in professional cooking. The qualification includes:  

  • Core units of aSVQ in professional cooking at SCQF leve 
  • Work experience in an industry that is focused on creativity and customer care  

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you'll learn how to:   

  • Maintain food safety in a kitchen environment 
  • Maintain and handle knives 
  • Prepare vegetables for basic dishes 
  • Prepare poultry, meat and game for basic dishes 
  • Prepare offal for basic dishes 
  • Cook and garnish basic soups 
  • Cook and chill food 
  • Cook basic vegetable protein dishes 
  • Cook and finish basic pasta dishes   

You will develop the following core skills:    

  • Communication  
  • Problem-solving  
  • Time management   
  • Teamwork   

These transferrable skills are useful for working in other jobs such as hygiene and hospitality.  

Where could it take me?

This Modern Apprenticeship provides a great way to enter the food industryCarry on your studies with a technical apprenticeship in cooking or find a full-time job.   

Further education: Enhance your culinary skills by applying for a bachelor’s degree in food science or agriculture business management. This could lead to an advanced qualification such as a Masters in nutrition  

Straight to work: Use your qualifications and find a cooking related job. You could move onto jobs like:   

  • Chef 
  • Waiter 
  • School cook 
  • Nutritionist 
  • Food scientist 
  • Food production operative 
  • Cook 
  • Baker  

Entry requirements

There are no specific requirements for this apprenticeship. But it is beneficial to have a genuine love of food and a desire to learn new recipes.   


This Modern Apprenticeship will take between 12-24 months to complete.  

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