Food and Beverage Apprentice Mckennas Catering Limited

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with passion and determination to join a successful team.

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Closing date: 21 Aug 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

    40 hours Mon – Sat - 30min unpaid lunch

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    24 Oct 2016

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

This is a varied and exciting role. Strong customer service skills are essential, along with the ability to work well within a team. 

  • Greeting and sitting customers
  • Serving customers food and drinks
  • Preparing hot and cold drinks
  • Taking orders setting and setting up the restaurant for service.

You will also be responsible for:

  • Maintaining the high standards of the work stations and keeping the highest standards of personal hygiene.
  • Support the team in ensuring the efficient and effective running of the floor.
  • Ensure and maintain standards of cleanliness, relating to the working areas, complying with company standards and legal requirements.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Ability to work well as part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Attention to detail, with careful consideration of preparation

Personal qualities

  • Hardworking
  • Motivated
  • Passionate
  • Honest
  • Ability to cope well under pressure and use own initiative
  • Presentable and professional

Qualifications required

Must have GCSEs grades D or above in both English & Mathematics (or equivalent)

Future prospects

Possible progression to an advanced apprenticeship.

About the employer

McKenna’s at Northern Stage; the theatre’s award-winning restaurant and bar. Depending on the time of day, you can drink coffee and read the paper, join the busy lunchtime crowd or eat before a show and drink and socialise with thespians.

There is a real joy in coming to Northern Stage for dinner... There's something of an air of anticipation around the place, and being part of something.

Metro Newspaper

Breakfast can be picked up between 10am and 12noon if you fancy a bacon sandwich or a full vegetarian breakfast. McKenna’s wide range of coffee and teas are all fair trade. During the day the foyer area serves wholesome lunchtime sandwiches, with Cajun Chicken with Mozarella and Chilli, and Lemon Roasted Sicilian Vegetables and Rocket proving most popular amongst the Northern Stage staff. There’s also a huge tapas menu (which also caters brilliantly for vegetarians) with everything from calamari, patata bravas and chorizo, to potato skins, hummus and stuffed roasted aubergines.

On most evenings from 5.30pm the upstairs restaurant deck is opened to the public and the Bistro Menu becomes available. Revised weekly, the food has won the Bistro critical acclaim from various publications. Starters vary from homemade soups to Grilled Black Pudding. For mains you can find anything from Pan Fried Sea Bass and Wilted Greens, to Vegetable Thai Green Curry to Chargrilled Ribeye Steak. Deserts have included Crème Brulee, Lemon Meringue Pie and Apple and Pear Crumble with Custard.

The Northern Stage drinking establishment has always been famed for its friendly atmosphere. Many regulars of Newcastle Playhouse have returned to the improved bar to find that they can still talk to actors after a show and carry on drinking into the small hours. McKenna’s provides a selection of draught and bottled lagers and bitters, as well as a host of spirits and wines.


Mckennas Catering Limited


Newcastle Playhouse

Barras Bridge

Newcastle upon Tyne


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Training provider

  • You will work towards a Level 2 NVQ Certificate in food and beverage service with a day release to Gateshead College to complete Technical Certificate and Functional Skills.
  • The remainder of the training is to be carried out at in the work place.

Apprenticeship framework


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Gateshead College


Ryan Wilson

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Closing date: 21 Aug 2017