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Leading the way: Long awaited Production Chef Apprenticeship is launched

Posted on 20 November, 2018

HIT Training is delighted to announce that there is finally an apprenticeship for every type of chef, from fine dining through to contract catering and casual dining. The new Production Chef Apprenticeship has been added to the current suite of chef apprenticeships to respond to high demand from businesses eager to upskill chefs working in a more standardised kitchen environment. 

Since the introduction of the new Apprenticeship Standards two years ago, this entry-level qualification – especially relevant for those candidates looking to take their first step in the hospitality industry – hasn’t been available. Identifying a gap in the training market, HIT Training has led the charge to get a specialised qualification introduced to meet this genuine need from industry. 

The Level 2 Production Chef Apprenticeship has been developed for chefs who are often required to prepare uniform recipes in high volumes and employed in a range of environments from schools, care homes and hospitals to casual dining establishments and pubs. The training has been designed to help them better understand brand standards and strengthen their methodical organisational skills and attention to detail.

Furthermore, to enhance the knowledge input HIT has introduced a production chef workshop through its Chef Academy – winner of the Foodservice Cateys 2018 Supplier Excellence award. The workshop offers an opportunity for apprentices to put their skills into practice, helping them to comply with procedures, menu specifications, portion control and, budget constraints, not to mention improving efficiency and reducing wastage. As well as putting forward individual chefs to take part operators can also enrol employees on a closed workshop tailored specifically to the needs of their individual business; ideal for employers looking to enhance training across their chain of outlets and in line with their company’s own procedures, ethos and exact offer.

Principal of HIT Chef Academy, Paul Mannering, said: “It’s no secret that chefs do not always have the time to scratch-cook or be flexible when it comes to ingredients and style, especially when catering for large numbers of people or in public sector settings. 

“The new Production Chef Apprenticeship feels like the missing piece of the jigsaw for hospitality businesses producing a precise food offer that has to meet specific branding or criteria. In response to a high demand from our customers and the hospitality sector, it acknowledges the specialist needs of businesses in this environment and offers training to help chefs broaden their skills and work as effectively as possible. We’ve listened to the industry and incorporated their requirements and feedback into the programme to ensure the course can help chefs and businesses flourish.”

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McMullen’s chose HIT as its sole external provider for Apprenticeships and vocational qualifications in early 2015 and since then we have found them a pleasure to work with.  Their expertise in this sector is superior and they have proven to be a professional and supportive partner who have a passion for learning and development, which matches our own organisation.

Amanda Walden – Training & Recruitment Manager, McMullen's

Encouraging our staff to improve their skills set and supporting them through apprenticeships and training programmes underlines our commitment to help them further develop their own careers. Offering the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship also gives the Brend Group a point of difference which I’m convinced will help attract new members of staff in the future.

Andrew Mosedale - Group HR Manager, Brend Hotels

Our partnership with HIT has certainly made recruitment much easier in a very difficult labour market and gives us a point of difference in an increasingly competitive environment.  Kew Green has also benefited enormously from well trained, skilled and competent staff who contribute significantly to the ever improving and high levels of customer experience that our guests expect and deserve.

Andrew Tregenza - HR Business Partner, Kew Green Hotels

Apprenticeships allow us to give people a great opportunity to develop a career with us and learn a skill or trade that will accompany them throughout their career and life. We see progression to the Level 4 qualification as key to our strategy of providing development at all stages of an employee’s career with Harrison.

Alex Taylor - Training Manager, Harrison Catering Services

We chose HIT as our training provider not only because of their specialist knowledge of the hospitality industry, but also because of their genuine passion for our brand and their understanding of our company culture. We believe that they can deliver our training to a very high standard whilst passing on our company ethos and values. Their attention to detail is second to none.

Charlotte Thoms, Talent Manager, Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group

There is a shortage of skilled chefs within in our industry at present and any organisation that truly believes in the value of training and development of bright future stars will enable themselves to be in a strong position for the years ahead. Investing in smart training and development is at the heart of what we do within WSH, so it has been refreshing to work alongside HIT within our Baxterstorey Chef Academy. 

Rik Razza - Head of Chef Development, BaxterStorey


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