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How you can delve into the world of culinary creations with The School of Food

This week is National Apprenticeship Week 2023, a dedicated celebration and time to shine a spotlight on our apprenticeship options and success stories.

As part of our apprenticeship offering, our Commis Chef Level 2 Apprenticeship is combined with a pioneering training programme for the catering and hospitality professionals of the future.

The School of Food programme nurtures passions for cooking and hospitality by offering apprentices access to industry-leading employers in the South West via a series of masterclasses hosted by local chefs.

Just last week guest chef Josh Eggleton, Chef & Co-Owner of The Pony Chew Valley, paid a visit to our College Green campus to run a chef masterclass for our students.

The School of Food promotes the importance of utilising local ingredients whilst educating on nutrition, sustainability, food ethics, traceability and provenance of produce. Our apprenticeship offers a curriculum focused on nutrition, food sourcing, cookery skills, menu design and technical skills.  

There are also sessions geared more towards the business aspect of the catering industry, including procurement and stock management, finance and HR, hospitality management and business development.

The unique partnership between City of Bristol College and The School of Food means that our students obtain an apprenticeship with an industry-relevant qualification, in-demand skills and the confidence to excel in their careers.

Becoming a part of The School of Food via our Commis Chef Level 2 Apprenticeship means that you’d be working with an employer from day one and earning a wage whilst developing specialist skills.

For entry on to this course, you will need to be working in the industry for a minimum of 30 hours per week. You will need to find your own employer as part of your application for the apprenticeship, but the college can help you with this.

GCSE English and Maths at grades 4 – 9 are desirable. The apprenticeship will also allow you to work towards either a Functional Skills Level 1 qualification in English or Maths or Level 2 GCSEs, if you do not already have them.

The partnership between City of Bristol College and the School of Food is a valued resource for our students, giving them invaluable experience whilst working with some of the biggest culinary names in Bristol.

To view our catering and hospitality-focused courses, click here.

You can also apply online to be part of The School of Food by sending an email to apprenticeships@cityofbristol.ac.uk.

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