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Level 3 Chef de Partie Apprenticeship in Letchworth The Orchard at Letchworth Sports and Tennis Club

A full-time opportunity, within a family-owned business, to train to the management position of Head Chef and operate your own restaurant kitchen, in an environment where you can really make your mark.

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Closing date: 05 Sep 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    40 hours per week £12 per hour Weekdays: 9am until 3pm weekdays Friday: Split shift 5-8pm Saturday and Sunday: 9am until 4pm Evening functions on an ad-hoc basis which could be until 10pm.

  • Working week

    Monday - Sunday, 40 hours per week (shifts vary). Weekdays: 9am to 3pm, split shift on Friday 5pm to 8pm. Weekends: 9am to 4pm. Latest finish time is 10pm.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    12 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    21 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The Orchard restaurant group was established in 2012 and is a family owned company that now operates two restaurant sites. We currently have an exciting vacancy for an experienced Commis or Sous Chef to come on board at our Letchworth Garden City site, which opened in 2021, to train and become Head Chef, taking that step up to management level.

Operating 7 days a week, The Orchard at Letchworth Sports & Tennis Club offers breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea daily. Evening service is only on a Friday night, or for private functions. Thus, not only is this a really varied opportunity to run a restaurant kitchen, there is the freedom to get creative for private functions and keep that all important work-life balance, as evening shifts are few!

We are looking for an individual who has experience in restaurant kitchens, but is passionate about progressing their career to Head Chef. This is a small kitchen, with a small team, but a site with a huge amount of potential and a unique opportunity to carve out your own daily menu, design public & club member events, plus get creative with private party functions, all whilst undertaking your Level 3 qualification at a pace that suits you.

Job Requirements:

  • To operate & manage the kitchen to the highest standard and maintain our 5* EHO rating.
  • To manage stock, ordering and create menus, whilst hitting the required GPs.
  • To motivate and inspire a small team to maintain the same high standards in your absence and provide consistency with our offering.
  • To manage wastage and get creative with daily specials to minimize waste.
  • To cost out and create menus for private function clients.
  • To be a positive, inspiring leader within The Orchard team.


  • Training & support on a fully funded Level 3 apprenticeship.
  • A food allowance whilst on shift and discounts across both sites when off shift.
  • Pension contributions.
  • Access to an Employee Assist well-being programme, delivered by Health Assured.
  • Free car parking.
  • 40 hours a week contract.
  • Get paid for every hour worked (clock in & out digitally).
  • Very few evening shifts required.
  • The opportunity to make your mark and get creative.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • Level 3 Chef De Partie apprenticeship
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English (if required)

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

As a family owned business, we are always looking for new opportunities. Two sites is not the end for us, and we hope to continue to grow and develop our company, with the right team members pushing together to create an exciting future.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Creative


NVQ or SVQ Level 2 or equivalent Commis Chef (Grade Pass) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C) Desired
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C) Desired

Things to consider

A great start to a Professional Career.

About the employer

The Orchard Fairfield Ltd operates two sites: The Orchard at LSTC and The Orchard at Vanstone Park Co-owned by husband and wife, Steven & Harriet, the business is family run and passionate about its team. Steve has worked in professional kitchens for his entire career, progressing from Kitchen Assistant to Head Chef, he has worked in many prestigious venues including Letchworth Hall Hotel, Hitchin Priory, Gordon Ramsey’s Claridges, and The Broadway Hotel to name but a few.


The Orchard at Letchworth Sports and Tennis Club


Muddy Lane

Letchworth Garden City



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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Chef de partie

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

To apply, you must register with GetMyFirstJob and then follow the instructions to complete your application.

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

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Closing date: 05 Sep 2022