Apprentice Chef The Tree House

A fantastic opportunity to join the team at one of the most unique restaurants in the world, The Treehouse in Alnwick Gardens, as an Apprentice Chef. You will prepare meals using locally sourced ingredients and where possible everything is made in house so you will gain a great deal of experience in different cooking techniques

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    30+ hours flexible, shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    1 years

  • Possible start date

    04 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    28 Jul 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

  • Duties to include:
  • Food preparation and Cooking using locally sourced meat, fish and other ingredients - wherever possible everything is made in house so a huge amount of experience will be gained in various cooking techniques
  • Assisting kitchen staff
  • Cleaning working area
  • Health and Hygiene
  • Stock rotation

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Enthusiastic   
  • Reliable
  • Trustworthy                  
  • Outgoing
  • Punctual                           
  • Good Communicator
  • Team Player               
  • Listening
  • Hardworking           
  • Willing to follow instruction
  • Some knife skills or kitchen experience

Personal qualities

  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Positive attitude
  • Self-motivation and a passion for cooking
  • Good work ethic and a commitment to learning
  • Well presented

Qualifications required

  • GCSE Maths and English or equivalent is desirable

Future prospects

There may be an offer of permanent employment upon successful completion of the apprenticeship. The Treehouse is very keen to progress staff and envisage upon completion of this apprenticeship you would go onto the Level 3 Professional Cookery qualification.

Things to consider

Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £3.50 per hour from 1st April 2017. This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.

About the employer

Enormous and beautifully crafted, the Treehouse is built from sustainably sourced Canadian cedar, Scandinavian redwood and English and Scottish pine. It sits high in the treetops in a copse of mature lime trees and looks like it has been there forever. At the heart of the Treehouse is one of the most beautiful and unique restaurants to be found anywhere in the world. There’s a roaring log fire in the centre of the room, trees growing through the floor, handcrafted furniture and screens created from fallen branches. Most importantly, the locally-inspired food is delicious. The menu features a superb mix of Northumberland fare made from locally sourced ingredients. Always featuring local fish and seafood, meats from Northumberland’s farmlands and other regional specialities, the Treehouse Restaurant menus highlight local quality, taste and reflect seasonal change. Where possible everything is made in house so a huge amount of experience will be gained in different techniques. The drinks menu is also not to be missed with The Duchess of Northumberland’s own “Deadly Jane” range of cocktails. There’s also a great wine list and a good range of beers.


The Tree House


The Alnwick Garden

Denwick Lane


NE66 1YU

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Training provider

  • ERR Booklet
  • NVQ L2 Professional Cookery
  • Functional skills if required

Apprenticeship framework

Catering and Professional Chefs

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Tyne Metropolitan College


Alexandra Park 0191 2295167

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2017