Production Chef

Modern Apprenticeship



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.

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5.

Select Level 5 to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level. 

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 Senior Production Chef Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 6.

How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 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 your business needs.

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 encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

How long will it take?

It will take between 12 and 24 months to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

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

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