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Apprentice Commis Chef The Old Oak Inn

The successful candidates will work in our busy pub/restaurant kitchen which is open 7 days a week. Our food is largely home made and sourced locally from quality produce.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 05 Feb 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £184.80 to £356.40

    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

    12pm - 8pm Mon to Sat (with two hour break in service between 3 and 5) 12pm - 6pm Sun and Bank holidays

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    10 Feb 2022

  • Date posted

    24 Sep 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

The employer will be interviewing throughout the advertisement period so the apprenticeship may start before the closing period.

  • The apprentice will undertake all tasks in our busy kitchen usually under the supervision of our head chef or occasionally an experienced chef de partie they will be fully supported both by the kitchen staff, managers and owners and will be fully integrated into our friendly team
  • Initially they will learn the basics - safety, hygiene, the importance of cleaning down regularly and how all of the appliances work
  • They will learn about the menu and be shown how we expect food to be presented.  this will lead to prep and creating sides and desserts
  • The candidate will then learn through shadowing, explaining and then doing all aspects of cooking and presentation
  • This will lead to other aspects of a chefs role such as ordering, pricing, portion control and best use of ingredients and have input into menu creation
  • Occasionally the candidate will get to work with our front of house team to better understand the issues from their perspective

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Cleanliness and hygiene
  • All other skills will be taught but an enthusiasm for food and hospitality and a desire to learn are essential

Personal qualities

  • Reliability, enthusiasm and a desire to learn
  • Friendliness and team working

Desired qualifications

Ideally English and a basic understanding of maths.

Future prospects

Absolutely.  we want to grow our kitchen team with our business as its reputation for fine food becomes established.  There will be commis chef and chef de partie vacancies available for anyone who does well.

Things to consider

We are based 4 miles from Hailsham and Polegate and two and a half miles from Berwick Station, in a lovely rural setting close to Abbots Wood.  There are no bus or train links beyond Berwick, Polegate or Hailsham.  The apprentice will ideally have his own mode of transport or access to lifts.


  • 28 days paid holiday per annum
  • Free light lunch on full days
  • Share of the days tips will all staff working that day

About the employer

Located in the beautiful village of Arlington, the Old Oak Inn is a lovely country pub and restaurant built in 1733.  Under our outstanding head chef we offer a range of traditional British and innovative international dishes.  As well as cosy surroundings, quality ales and wines, and friendly team we boast a growing reputation as a gastro pub.  Our Parisian born chef, has been trained in Michelin starred restaurants and worked throughout the world.  Successful candidates will get a truly superb foundation for their future career.


The Old Oak Inn




BN26 6SJ

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Sussex Coast College Hastings


Katie Parris 03030039777

  • Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship Standard
  • Apprenticeship Certificate (Pass or Distinction grade)
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English and maths (equivalent to GCSE grade D-E or level 3-2) unless exempt

Apprenticeship standard

Commis chef

Level 2 (GCSE)

Employer's Application Instructions

Please send a CV and covering letter by email to Kathryn Maynard,

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 05 Feb 2022