Commis Chef Apprentice Halesowen College

This is a wonderful opportunity to start work as an Apprentice Chef. You will assist in the preparation, cooking and presentation of food to ensure customers enjoy consistently excellent dishes. Working in the kitchen is hard, but should be hugely rewarding, and a great way to develop your skills as a chef.

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Closing date: 24 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

    The hours of work are between 9.00-5.00, Monday to Friday

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    01 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

Working in the kitchen is hard, but should be hugely rewarding, and a great way to develop your skills as a chef. If you join us we hope that you will really enjoy it. If you do, and we enjoy having you here, we hope you stay with us and work your way up through the ranks.

All Head Chefs have to start as someone’s apprentice!

Duties include:

  • Assisting with the preparation, cooking, and presentation of food to the highest standard.
  • Complying with and having full knowledge of regulations regarding our clients Health and Safety policy.
  • Operating ovens, stoves, grills, microwaves and fryers and other various kitchen utensils and equipment to prepare foods.
  • Preparing and cooking food according to recipes and quality standards.
  • Monitoring the quantity of food that is prepared including portioning, chopping and storing food before use.
  • Setting up and breaking down your work station.
  • Storing items appropriately and cleaning your work station as you go.
  • Undertaking any reasonable duties assigned by senior members of the team you will receive the training and mentoring you need to do this.
  • Food hygiene, Health and Safety training will be provided in house.
  • You must be eligible to work in the UK.
  • Working in the kitchen, you will need to have attention to detail, be punctual and consistent in following procedures and instructions.
  • You will also need to have a positive attitude, remain calm under pressure, and contribute to a happy team environment.
  • You should be self-motivated, good at listening and keen to learn new skills and ideas.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Confidentiality is of prime importance in the normal course of duty
  • Able to use initiative
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good communications skills
  • Team player

Personal qualities

  • Empathetic nature
  • Reliable
  • Respectful

Qualifications required

GCSE English Language Grade D, plus 2 GCSE Grade Es including Maths or equivalent.

Future prospects

A successful apprentice may be able to continue training and employment at the College upon completion, depending on what vacancies might be available at the time.

Things to consider

Worried about getting into college? Don’t be! Halesowen College offers a free coach service to and from campuses for all students, including apprentices. There are various stops and routes with-in the local area, follow the link for more info: The current National Minimum Wage (NMW) for apprentices from the 1st April 2017 is £3.50 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. The new NMW applies to time working plus time spent training as this is also part of the Apprenticeship. Anyone not covered by this age category above will be entitled to the NMW appropriate for their age.

About the employer

Halesowen College, the most popular choice in the area, has held a reputation for high standards, an excellent learning environment and a caring, supportive sense of community. We offer exceptional support and opportunities for students making the transition from school to higher education or the career of their choice. Our convenient location benefits from extensive travel networks, so you can get to College and return home with ease. The College appears consistently in the top 10% of colleges for examination performance. Our last Ofsted Inspection reported many strengths, including good academic support, leadership and the fact that all students are valued. All students are treated as individuals for achieving their potential and gaining a sound foundation for the future. At the centre of the College mission are six key values: commitment, learning, partnership, respect, standards and trust. Halesowen College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and works in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a children's welfare.


Halesowen College


Whittingham Road


B63 3NA

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Training provider

You will be expected to attend Halesowen College 1 day per week to work towards your Level 2 Catering.

Functional Skills in Maths and English (if required).

You will be trained and supervised by the chef trainer assessor in the kitchen of the @b63 restaurant, at Halesowen College.

Apprenticeship standard

Hospitality > Commis Chef

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Halesowen College


Deb Maley 01216027784

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Closing date: 24 Sep 2017