Information for Chefs & Professionals

chefSpringboard's FutureChef has been designed to engage chefs and industry professionals to work with schools and inspire careers in hospitality at a local level throughout the UK.

Aimed at young people between the ages of 12-16 years old, they learn to cook and engage with industry professionals in a range of activities. They gain experience and inspiration which can influence career choices. Moreover, FutureChef allows young people to engage with your business.

There are a range of ways to get involved, such as offering skills demonstrations in schools, judging or mentoring in the competition, or giving career presentations. There is a facilitator toolkit designed to support you in your chosen role.

Register with us online to inspire the future chefs of your business!

If you're looking for advice on our professional chef apprenticeships, click here.

Professional Chef Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are not just available for school or college leavers, but to any chefs already working in the industry who wish to improve their skills, undertake more responsibilities or gain promotion. Chefs at all levels and ages can gain new skills with the apprenticeships involving on-site learning and assessment, e-learning and assignments, with frequent on-site visits by our industry experienced chef trainers.

The intermediate apprenticeship at level 2 is for Commis Chefs, the advanced apprenticeship at level 3 is for Chefs de Partie and the Senior Chef Culinary Arts higher apprenticeship at level 4 is for Sous Chefs, future Head Chefs, Executive Chefs and Kitchen Managers.

HIT Training
HIT Training is the leading national specialist training and apprenticeship provider for the Hospitality and Catering sector. They offer a huge range of apprenticeships and development schemes for people at all levels, from school-leavers to senior management.

HIT Chef Academy
The HIT Chef Academy is an innovative training model for the culinary stars of the future. It aims to meet the rising demand for highly skilled chefs resulting from the growth in fine dining in the UK over the last two decades.

The academy supplements HIT Training’s professional chef apprenticeship programme for any apprentices working in a ‘fine dining’ kitchen and nominated by their Head Chef to participate in the academy’s enhancement activities. Headed by Paul Mannering, Academy Principal, and run by expert chef trainers at locations across the country, the training programme brings together the very best in culinary excellence to provide apprentices with the highest quality training, development and learning in the industry.

Apprentice chefs who are enrolled onto our Chef Academy, in addition to their normal apprenticeship schedule, will be invited to attend additional programmes, roughly every six to eight weeks.

These will include:
Workshop 1 - Vegetable Protein and Vegetables
Workshop 2 - Game
Workshop 3 - Offal
Workshop 4 - Shellfish and Fish
Workshop 5 - Bread and Dough
Workshop 6 - Cakes, Biscuits, Pastry and Desserts

To find out more about the HIT Chef Academy and Professional Chef Apprenticeships please visit 

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Facilitators Toolkit

Our Facilitators Toolkit provides resources for mentors to deliver engaging sessions.

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