Chef de Partie - Apprenticeship - Level 3

Throughout the year
18 months
In your workplace

Apprenticeship Details

This course is for those aged 16 and above who are wishing to undertake a career as a Chef de Partie in the hospitality industry.

The program also includes studying Math’s and English functional skills, or working towards GCSE grade A-C (new grading system 9-4) if you do not already have these grades.

The course is divided into 4 elements: culinary, food safety, people and business.

Each element will include aspects of preparing and cooking various foods including:

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Game
  • Vegetables
  • Poultry

The knowledge test consists of a 2 hour (including 30 minutes reading time) on demand multiple choice test with scenario based questions.

The culinary challenge requires the apprentice to design a three dish, by three course menu in line with organisation’s standards, current industry trends and costings which covers a range of food groups. The apprentice will cook one dish from each course on the menu - 3-hour observation in a controlled environment.

The practical observation consists of a 4-hour observation of the apprentice in the working environment and shows the apprentice working in an operational kitchen environment to produce food to standard.

The professional discussion is a 90-minute structured meeting led by the independent end assessor, involving the apprentice and employer (e.g. line manager) focusing on the log of complex dishes produced to demonstrate competence across the culinary range.

  • Aged 16+
  • You must be employed within a relevant environment and provide evidence that you have the skills, knowledge and behaviours required by the sector at Level 2.
  • You must demonstrate Maths and English skills at Level 1 or above in your initial Maths and English assessment.
This apprenticeship is 100% work-based.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to some questions that we are often asked:

Most apprenticeships take between 12 - 18 months to complete.

Yes, you will be paid by your employer for the duration of your apprenticeship. You will be paid at least the government’s minimum wage rate for apprentices, £3.70. A lot of employers pay their apprentices a higher hourly wage than the minimum rate.

This is ultimately up to your employers, but more than 90% of apprentices stay in employment after their course ends.

We work with lots of employers to provide apprentice positions. Check out our live vacancies section above or call 0151 353 4444 to chat to our team.