US Secretary of Labor visits London Further Education College
Westminster Kingsway College in central London welcomed US Secretary of Labor, Thomas E. Perez to the College to hear about UK training and apprenticeships and speak to staff and students about their experiences on the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Chef Apprenticeship.read more
Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Chef Apprenticeship - Working at Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley Hotel, London
I’m working at one of the best restaurants in the UK and the experience is incredible. I get great mentoring and am learning so much. When I first came to college, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do but I came to an open day and I was so inspired by seeing the teaching kitchens and what was going on. On the Apprenticeship, you really learn at a faster pace as you are learning in college and at work. I am able to take things that I have learnt back into work and vice versa and I can share new ideas with the other Apprentices. You have to show a real commitment to the course and you don’t want to let anyone down – your lecturers, your work colleagues and your family. I enjoy cooking Thai food which is part of my heritage through my mum who also works in catering. For the future, I would like to continue to progress where I am working and strive to be better.
Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Chef Apprenticeship
- Elite Chef Apprenticeship programmes
- Work with the top restaurants and establishments in the UK
- Extensive support and expert tuition
- Central London location
This new programme is a four year course aimed at aspiring chefs aged between 16 and 24 years old. The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Chef Apprenticeship is a pioneering approach to deliver comprehensive training to trainee chefs whilst enabling them to work in the finest establishments in the UK.
Following an extensive interview cycle the successful candidates for each academic year will be placed onto the first year of the Westminster Kingsway College Professional Chef Diploma. During the first year, each student will study on a full time basis, matching the qualification aims listed under the Professional Chef Diploma. Throughout the year, the College chef lecturing team will monitor, test and assess each student and create a final recommended list of potential students to progress onto the second year of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Chef Apprenticeship.
The important point of difference for the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Chef Apprenticeship is the standard of employer and establishment at which the Apprentice is employed during their second, third and final year of training; as well as the dedicated additional elements of learning which form part of the curriculum alongside the delivery techniques and specialist components undertaken uniquely at Westminster Kingsway College. Our teaching and learning environments include the operation of our own in-house Artisan Bakery (mentored by leading industry expert Richard Bertinet); our daily working butchery and fishmonger kitchen areas with our strong links to organic farms, fisheries and estates throughout the UK; and the specialist teaching of patisserie and confectionery alongside a leading chocolatier. The cuisine sessions will be delivered by specialist lecturers from within the Westminster Kingsway College Culinary Arts Team and Academicians will also be invited to deliver specific lessons throughout each year. You will also undertake Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT as part of your studies.
At the conclusion of the fourth year, the Chef Apprentices undertake the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Final Exam. This examination will be written in liaison with the Education Committee of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts on a yearly basis. Academicians are invited to examine the final practical test undertaken by the Apprentices. This will also be validated by the Education Committee upon analysis of the results. The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Apprenticeship is a highly demanding course which features learning both in the kitchen /classroom and the extensive use of online learning tools using the latest digital resources and apps.
The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Apprenticeship Programme is an established course delivered by a highly committed team of award-winning Managers and Chef Lecturers. Apprentices who study on this programme have been nominated and achieved the top Apprenticeship awards within the industry from many different chef associations. Many of the lecturing team have won educational awards for teaching cookery and related subjects as well as industry recognised cookery competitions. This Apprenticeship enriches students learning with a series of planned study trips including visiting markets both home and abroad, meeting and exploring the British coastal fishing industry, working with award winning development chefs, working with high profile chefs on charity events and winning and achieving high accolades at The International Salon Culinaire at Hotelympia. Apprentices are also considered for selection for the elite team competing at both UK and World Skills.
What are the additional entry requirements for this course?
Strong motivation with a proven commitment to hard work and three GCSEs at grade D or above with a good reference. You must be accepted onto the first year of the Professional Chef Diploma to progress onto this Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Chef Apprenticeship course.
To apply for the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Chef Apprenticeship you should first apply for the Professional Chef Diploma at Westminster Kingsway College.
Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Chef Apprenticeship - Working at Galvin La Chapelle, London
I started on the chef diploma at aged 19 and I enjoyed the course but I wanted to do the Apprenticeship as there was more experience in the workplace. There is a good balance between work and study and the atmosphere at college is great. I’m working as a pastry chef at the moment and so I get to learn other skills at college from different sections. To get the best out of the Apprenticeship, you have to be willing to work from the very start. When I complete my Apprenticeship, I would like to travel and work overseas as a chef.
Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Chef Apprenticeship - Working at Fera at Claridge’s Hotel, London
I had heard of Westminster Kingsway College and knew that it was the place to go to study to be a chef. I work long hours but there are few better places to be. The Apprenticeship is fantastic as I get the best of both worlds – seeing the latest modern cuisine at work and learning traditional skills at college. Practising your skills in college prepares you for work in a more practical environment. The Apprenticeship gives you more options to gain experience and make you ready for the workplace. You are also earning and learning at the same time.