Apprenticeship to University

8th August 2007 9:08am - Return to press releases

Nick King studied an apprenticeship at East Riding College.Nick King, 20 was working as a chef in his father?s restaurant The Mariners in Bridlington and wasn?t sure if he needed any formal qualifications. Nick called upon the advice of the East Riding College Guidance Team, who advised him of his options an introduced him to the idea of doing an Apprenticeship.

The Apprenticeship scheme enabled him to continue working at The Mariners whilst attending East Riding College one day a week. Nick followed a framework which was designed for his employment area to ensure that he had the work skills, knowledge and experience to achieve his goals.

Nick said ?I credit my dad for supporting me in my decision to go to College so that I could gain the proper qualifications to work as a chef. I enjoyed East Riding College so much that after completing my Level 2 Apprenticeship in Food Preparation and Cooking I progressed to the Advanced Apprenticeship to further develop my skills and experience?.

After successfully completing the Advanced Apprenticeship it was decision time again for Nick. Unsure what to do next, he certainly had the learning bug, when Nick was one of a group of students who visited the Birmingham College of Food. The trip motivated him and opened his eyes to the fact that there are opportunities in higher education even for those who don't take the traditional A level route.

Nick said "East Riding College was a life changing experience. As far as I'm concerned the sky's the limit. I am now planning to attend Birmingham College of Food in February 2008, and hopefully realise my dream of working in a Michelin starred restaurant. Without going to East Riding College I would still be in Bridlington wondering what to do".

David Leaf, Catering Lecturer said "I believe Nick has what it takes to make it in the industry. Nick is very mature, keen, and passionate. He has developed good practical skills and has a sound theoretical understanding."