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You will be working and training alongside our chef managers and chefs in various units learning different styles of cooking from street food to pastry. You will be learning all the basic skills needed whilst working in traditional kitchens, open kitchens, food production, delivered catering, pastry kitchen.

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Closing date: today

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    5 days out of 7. Various to suit the area working in. Including mornings, evenings and weekends

    Total hours per week: 38.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    31 Jan 2022

  • Date posted

    20 Aug 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

As part of this role you will be required to study towards the Commis Chef Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard at Colchester Institute. 


  • Prepping food
  • Serving food when required
  • Working in different kitchen environment
  • Cleaning and maintaining hygiene standards.
  • Carrying out jobs assigned to you by the line manager
  • Attend training courses
  • Meeting legislation and company standards
  • Keeping up to date with course requirements
  • Attending college weekly
  • Working towards a permanent role within the organisation.
  • Weekly meeting with the Chef Manager
  • Adhering to UECS policies

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Passion for all food from fine dine to street food from talking about food to the end plate

Personal qualities

  • Confident and outgoing

Desired qualifications

  • Essential: GCSEs or equivalent including maths and English grades A*-E/9-2
  • All candidates will be required to complete Colchester Institute's mandatory initial assessment process before being put forward to the company. This will consist of online assessments

Future prospects

  • We are restructuring so that there will be a line of progression from Commis chef up to Executive Chef

Things to consider

  • Good benefits including 36 days holiday and Christmas closure
  • Can be working outside on street food and in marques for graduation

Important Information:

  • Colchester Institute – Apprenticeship Team manage the applications to this role and you will be required to complete our initial assessment process before your application gets sent onto the employer
  • Please be advised that the closing date for this role could be brought forward or extended if this vacancy receives a high number or low number of applicants and/or the company recruit before the closing date
  • Whilst there are possible closing and start dates should you be available earlier this can be negotiated with the employer
  • It is strongly recommended that you look into your transport routes and locations before applying to ensure you will be able to get to this place of work

About the employer

Provide and manage commercial business areas to the university, including Student Accommodation, Catering outlets, Sports facilities, Day Nursery, Print centre, Wivenhoe House Hotel and conferencing and events.  Based at University of Essex in Colchester.




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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Colchester Institute


Colchester Institute - Apprenticeship Team 01206712043

All delivered within the work place via online training and at Colchester Institute Campus.

Candidates will undertake the Commis Chef Level 2 apprenticeship standard.


Apprenticeship standard

Commis chef

Level 2 (GCSE)

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