Professional Cookery Apprenticeship - Apprentice Chef - Level 2 The Blacksmiths Arms

Working in this busy pub/restaurant the suitable candidate will be working within the kitchen area.

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Closing date: 15 Oct 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

    Monday-Sunday - on a rota system 5 days over 7

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    22 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    14 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who has a true interest and passion in the catering industry and really wants to get on the ladder to a long and successful career.  Hardworking, good listener & communicator, can work well within the team and use their own initiative and in return the right candidate would be working with highly trained and motivated staff that will pass on their skills knowledge and expertise.  Excellent communication skills and ability to work under pressure and at speed are essential due to the nature of this post.

  • To enable a smooth kitchen operation and assist with quality of food and beverage to be served to YSP visitors, corporate hospitality, wedding and internal clients.
  • To assist the Kitchen Manager & Senior Production chef (SPC) with the management of all aspects of food preparation and production in particular being responsible for the delegated specialist cooking activities of the service provision within the restaurant, outlets, hospitality and conferencing.
  • To assist the Kitchen Manager & SPC with organisation and operation of the kitchen, hygiene controls, recipe controls, health and safety, security of kitchen provisions and ensuring equipment is maintained.
  • To assist with the creation of new menus ensuring full recipe costings are completed and budgeted gross margins are met.
  • To be responsible for the preparation, production, cooking and food service to agreed standards of quality, presentation and production ensuring compliance with Health & Safety and Food Hygiene Regulations.
  • Ensure that all menus, recipes, costing & specifications are followed & implemented in your area of work.

General Responsibilities

  • Responsible for any specialist areas of food production including corporate hospitality, wedding and private dining menus as delegated by the Kitchen Manager. Ensure that client specifications, quality standards and cost targets are achieved in all areas.
  • Ensure methods of operation procedures and standards of hygiene and cleanliness are maintained in all food preparation areas and outlets paying particular attention that personnel and food hygiene regulations and temperature control measures are correctly recorded.
  • Ensure all staff comply with the Health and Safety Regulations and Procedures including the reporting of accidents, hazard analysis critical control points (HACCP) & related procedures, the control of substances, hazardous to health (COSHH), the operation of safe manual handling practices, fire prevention with evacuation procedures and treatment of staff requiring first aid.
  • Ensure all equipment being used is correctly cleaned, in good working order and safe to use.  Any faults or repairs required are to be reported to the Kitchen Manager or Second Chef’s and to assist when required with inventories of equipment.
  • Assist with monitoring and control of kitchen stock, supplies and provisions working with the Kitchen Manager to process requisitions and orders for new stocks.
  • To attend training courses as required.
  • Any other duties as requested by Senior Management.

And any other duties commensurate with the grade and falling within the scope of the post, as requested by Management.

There is the opportunity of a job at the end of the apprenticeship for the right applicant

Apprenticeships start throughout the year and are open to any age of candidate.

Apprentices must show commitment to the following:

  • To achieve apprentice framework (Key Skills, NVQ and Technical Certificate) within the specified time frame
  • Attend the apprenticeship induction programme
  • Attend all of the training sessions for the programme whenever necessary
  • Undertake any other required development work as part of the apprenticeship programme as requested
  • Any other duties as deemed appropriate by senior staff.
  • To complete training assignments and maintain a student portfolio, which will be assessed by an assessor
  • Framework.

It is important that qualifications are listed on your application no matter what the grade, as your application is sifted and sent to the employer based on meeting the Employers Vacancy Criteria.

Please log into NAS  (National Apprenticeship Service) on a regular basis and look at the “Read Feedback” section against each individual application .

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Multi tasker,
  • Polite,
  • Able to follow instructions but also show initiative,
  • Good communication skills,
  • Must have the ability to work under pressure and at speed.
  • Candidates must be flexible regarding working hours

Personal qualities

  • Hardworking,
  • Be able to work long shifts on their feet,
  • Enthusiastic,
  • Attentive.
  • Enthusiastic approach to all aspects of work.
  • Excellent timekeeping,
  • Professional and presentable appearance,
  • Able to work as part of a team.
  • Have a true interest and passion for the catering and hospitality industry, patient and be willing to learn.

Qualifications required

2 GCSE’s at Grade A* to E or the equivalent functional skills qualifications

Future prospects

Possible progression onto an advanced level in Catering and Hospitality

Things to consider

This position will involve long periods of standing. Please provide a mobile telephone number on your application, if successful, an invitation via text message will be sent to you, to attend college for approval on the apprenticeship programme. It is essential you attend this interview to process in full your application to the employer. Please note that certificates showing acquired qualifications are required as part of your application, please bring with you the following information to your approval meeting at college: • Photographic proof of ID • Qualification certificates • National Insurance Number • Updated CV Please send your updated CV to If you require help with putting together a CV or Interview skills, please contact: 01226 216 123 for our FREE Workshops.

About the employer

The Blacksmiths Arms, one of the oldest buildings in Millhouse Green, was built almost 200 years ago and originally incorporated a blacksmith's forge, serving the local farmers using the road between Penistone and Manchester, now known as the A628 Woodhead Road. Landlord Daniel & kylie took the pub over recently, providing a warm welcome to a traditional pub with cask ales and value for money, quality pub food. The four newly refurbished, comfortable en-suite bedrooms are available all year round. Special rates are available for longer stays, and frequent business guests. Conveniently situated close to the Trans Pennine Trail, The Blacksmiths is popular with walkers and cyclists seeking rest and refreshment (dogs are welcome in the bar area). FREE WI-FI FOR ALL CUSTOMERS.


The Blacksmiths Arms



Manchester Road


S36 9NQ

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Training provider

Delivery to be completed onsite and day release at Barnsley College, Student  to complete an intermediate technical certificate in professional cookery.

Functional Skills in Maths and English if required.  

Apprenticeship framework

Catering and Professional Chefs

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Barnsley College


Julia Caldwell 01226 216 166

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Closing date: 15 Oct 2017