A college boss has swapped the classroom for the kitchen to see the work of one of its student apprentices for himself.
College of West Anglia principal David Pomfret went to the Congham Hall Hotel on Thursday, during National Apprenticeship Week, to experience an apprentice chef’s typical working day.
Mr Pomfret worked alongside hospitality and catering apprentice Tyler Dawes and said it was vital to see the programme first hand.
He said: “I think it’s really important to see the scheme through the eyes of the apprentice.
“The experience also lets us see how we can improve training opportunities, based on what the employer expects.”
The college currently works with around 900 employers across the region to train more than 1,350 apprentices every year.
Tyler, 17, from Gayton, is currently studying for a level two apprenticeship and hopes to move on to a level three advanced course next year.
He said: “I love cooking here, but I really dislike cooking at home. It’s a really good atmosphere in the kitchen and a lot of fun.
“I really didn’t enjoy school and didn’t do very well. I developed a real phobia of exams, so when I scored 95% on a recent maths exam, I felt I had really achieved something.”
Congham Hall’s head chef Nick Claxton-Webb said: “I have trained many chefs and truly believe that apprenticeships are key to success within the industry.
“The great thing about working in a kitchen is the results come straight away, your finished product and feedback from the customers can really boost a young person’s confidence.
“I believe anyone can reach their full potential if given the right opportunities, such as apprenticeships.”
Mr Pomfret was one of several senior college officials who visited apprentices during the course of the week.
Another was head of quality Andrew England, who visited the Walpole area pre-school in Walpole St Andrew on Friday to see how Early Years apprentices there spend a normal working day.