Culinary qualifications are not a requirement to enter the food industry but if you are serious about a future career in the Food industry, they help gain the best jobs and the higher salaries. Qualifications and experience will also assist in raising finance for food start-ups.
Here are the main pathways to consider..
Start at a low level and work methodically up the ranks.
- Plenty of low skilled positions available
- Provides a level of experience for CV purposes
- Provides autonomy to change employment at a low level
- Busyness of work can often prevent forming proper career plan
- Can take a number of years to receive promotion of role
- Training in the workplace can be brief, is not always rigorous or easy to follow
- Salary is aligned with experience and skillset, which can take years to build up
Assigned to a nominated place of work in conjunction with day release for training workshops.
- Follows an educational structure to support workplace skills from age 16
- Provides a level of work-experience and Apprenticeship qualifications
- Provides renumeration, from £4.81 per hour
- The contrast of placement and study can lack continuity and momentum
- Requires a commitment for 18 months
- Apprenticeship graduates still have to climb the ladder of promotion
- Wages are low
3. College Course
L2, L3 and L4 qualification courses, lasting up to 18 months at each stage/level.
- Full-time study which can be free by concession for 16-18 year olds
- Promotes involvement in culinary competitions
- Includes working in the in-house brasserie
- Government funding available
- Programmes can steer towards traditional skills rather than contemporary techniques
- Large class sizes
- Course fees from £1,800 at level 2 to £9,500 at level 4
4. Culinary Academy (like WhitePepper)
L2, L3 and L4 qualification courses, lasting up to 4 months in total.
- Modern and dynamic culinary programmes which include real-life experiences
- Medium class sizes means you get individual support
- Provides a long lasting network of culinary connections
- Builds your confidence to achieve more
- Concise training, so you can start work quicker (L4 in 4 months, rather than years at College)
- Programmes offer an insight into all areas rather than specialising
- Full-time study requires a temporary reduction in ability to earn income
- Significant course fees are an investment in you, but can feel daunting to start with.
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