Food Production and Cooking Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship

Food Production and Cooking

Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship

Your Framework:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Food Production and Cooking
  • Functional Skills in English Level 1
  • Functional Skills in Maths Level 1
  • Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities

Entry Requirements: Applicants need to be a minimum of 16 years of age and working in a suitable role with a level of English and Maths at or above grade E.

Attendance: 30 hours of employment per week

Start Date: At any point Duration: Minimum 1 year

Framework Overview

This Apprenticeship is suitable for Apprentices working in kitchens where food is produced and served in bulk such as school kitchens or care homes. It is designed for learners in a minimum of 30 hours employment per week within the chef industry. You will be provided with a bespoke learning programme that meets the needs of you and your employer and is predominantly tailored to your workplace activities. Your employer will agree the suitable time you train at the College so that you can build knowledge and skills even further, and this combined with the support and skills building that you receive in the workplace from your employer, will enable you to be earning a wage whilst you develop  competent practice in cookery. Skills within this framework include maintaining a safe, hygienic and secure working environment; working effectively as part of a hospitality team; maintaining food safety when storing; preparing and cooking food. You will also have the option to study a range of units relevant to your workplace on food production and cooking, and also serving customers.

Next Steps

Once you have completed this Apprenticeship you can progress on to an Advanced Apprenticeship. This qualification can also support you in a number of jobs in the hospitality and catering industry.


There are no costs to the Apprentice aged between 16 and 23 to complete an Apprenticeship.

The training for Apprentices that are aged between 16 and 18 is fully funded; for Apprentices that are aged 19 - 23 at the start of the course, a one-off training contribution fee is required from their employer (who may be eligible for a grant).

For Apprentices aged 24 and over and enrol upon an Advanced (level 3) Apprenticeship, the employer will be charged a fee.

How Do I Apply

To complete an Apprenticeship, the Apprentice must be employed. To view and apply for the College’s live Apprenticeship vacancies please visit the national apprenticeship website:, or alternatively if you are an employer wishing to employ an Apprentice please get in contact with us on 01473 382464 or email