Before looking at this particular apprenticeship there are a couple of things you need to know about an apprenticeship upfront. Firstly, they are a work based programme and an apprentice has to be employed. An apprentice can be paid a special training wage, which is slightly under the minimum wage. Secondly, an apprenticeship isn’t a qualification in its own right, but rather a collection of different qualifications that allows an apprentice to develop well rounded knowledge and skills.
Apprenticeships are normally delivered by a commercial training provider or a college. Their delivery can be very flexible; including day release, on the job, online training assessment etc. The type of delivery will depend on the circumstances of the employer and apprentice and is usually agreed by the employer and learning provider upfront. The delivery will influence how long it takes to complete an apprenticeship.
Public funding is usually available depending on the age of the learner and involves a contribution from the employer. However, research shows that the cost of an hospitality apprenticeship is redeemed after just over a year – much less than other apprenticeships and various studies have shown them to be more productive and liable to stay with the employer compared to comparable workers not on the apprenticeship.
An apprenticeship is made up of a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ), Key Skills, Technical Certificates and a section on Employment Rights and Responsibilities. These are standard in all apprenticeships, but what makes this relevant to food and beverage service is the choice of NVQ.
The NVQ in Food and Beverage Service has three possible routes:
- Food and beverage
- Food only
- Beverage only
The choice to go down one of the three routes will depend on the context of the role the apprentice is working in. The technical certificates provide the knowledge and assessment to cover the breadth of the NVQ. It is the same regardless of the three routes chosen.
The Level 2 Apprenticeship in Hospitality & Catering (Food & Beverage Services) is made up of:
- NVQ Diploma – options to choose from:
- Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Food and Beverage Service
- Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Food Service
- Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Beverage Service
- Level 2 Certificate - options to choose from:
- Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Food & Beverage Service)
- Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Food Service)
- Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Beverage Service)
- Key skills/Functional skills qualifications in English and Maths (to level 1 – if not already achieved prior to undertaking the apprenticeship)
- Employment Rights and Responsibilities