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Level 3 Senior Production Chef

Level 3 Senior Production Chef

Introduction to ELA Adult Learning:

ELA delivers high quality apprenticeships and short courses. We have expertise across a range of education, care and catering settings, such as early years, private and public schools, special needs provisions, residential care settings, cafes and casual dining. We aspire to support committed and passionate education, care and hospitality workers to achieve their goals. Our team has a huge passion for learning that makes a difference, and not just providing training for training’s sake.

Level 3 Senior Production Chef:

● Senior production chefs may lead a brigade team or may support the head chef in larger establishments. They report activities to the Head chef or appropriate line manager.
● Job roles include Head chef, Second Chef, Kitchen Manager/Supervisor, Cook
● They apply highly methodical organisational skills, energy, accuracy, attention to detail and are mindful of the importance of sustainability and protecting the environment.
● Senior production chefs have accountability for the day-to-day running of the kitchen service, producing, monitoring and maintaining consistent food standards, legislative requirements and quality across all areas and during all stages of production and supply.

Relevant settings include:

Senior production chef teams in a variety of kitchen environments, for example:

● Schools
● Hospitals
● The Armed Forces
● Care homes
● High street casual dining
● Pub kitchens

Through this Apprenticeship, the Production Chef will learn to

Supervise and contribute to the production of centrally developed standardised recipes and menus
Supervise the production of dishes to meet specific dietary requirements
Complete, monitor and maintain food safety management systems (which include delivery, storage, cooking and service) and work equipment
Identify training needs and assist in the recruitment of kitchen personnel
Maintain the catering operating budget using nominated suppliers and ensuring the control of waste
Support cost reduction, improve performance, revenue, profit margins and customers’ experience
Monitor service to improve efficiency and productivity
Lead team briefings/meetings

What Values Do We Add at ELA?

Passion for Well-being

Blended delivery models including workplace assessments, virtual coaching, and group workshops

A dedicated personal tutor to deliver training, and guide throughout their programme.

group workshops remote ELA
We are passionate about mental health and well-being in the workplace
Supporting learners’ individual pace and catering to their unique learning styles
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Collaborative line manager, mentor and employer engagement to enhance learner experience with regular surveys and reporting
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Continual review of our curriculum to deliver strong intent, implementation, and impact of learning

Delivery & Assessment

Typical Course Duration

12-15 months

Monthly Workshops

Monthly ‘virtual’ 1-1 tutorials, group workshops and complementary online resources


E-portfolio access to track progress, upload work and communicate with your Tutor

Assignment and Discussion

Written assignments, observations, reflective accounts and professional discussions

End-Point Assessment

On-demand test (multiple choice), Practical Observation and Professional Discussion

Specialist Skills Tutor

Level 2 Functional Skills Maths and English (if not already achieved) assessed and delivered online, supported by a Specialist Functional Skills Tutor and group workshops

Commitment Required from Learner and Employer

To meet deadlines agreed and set by the Tutor

Access to relevant activities in the workplace

Access to a work-based Mentor and shadowing opportunities

Learner and Employer to attend 8-10 weekly progress reviews

Access to 20% ‘Off the Job Training’ Time

Attendance at monthly 1-1 learning sessions

Time allowed for the Apprentice to complete assignments

Participate in skills-based learning and virtual workshop

Compilation of work-based portfolio of evidence


Introduction to SPC – Personal Development and Performance


Nutrition & Allergens

Legal & Governance

Kitchen Operations

Business/ Commercial 1

Business/ Commercial 2

Revision & Study Skills

Mock Assessments

Personal Development and Professional Discussion

Final mocks and get ready for EPA