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We have a fantastic opportunity for a chef who is motivated and passionate about service and standards to work as part of a growing team. You will gain a wealth of experience cooking high quality homemade food to order using fresh ingredients. You will liaise with the Head Chef to suggest and experiment with seasonal new dishes for the menu.

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Closing date: 31 Dec 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Share of tips each week, and free food and drink when on duty.

  • Working week

    Shifts between Monday and Sunday 11am to 8pm on a rota basis

    Total hours per week: 35.0

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Jan 2023

  • Date posted

    09 Sep 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

·        Cooking fresh homemade food

·        Following recipes

·        Good communication with colleagues

·        Following hygiene regulations

·        Following opening and closing checks

·        Cleaning down at the end of service

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

You will attend York College on a day release basis and receive training in the workplace the rest of the time.

You will gain knowledge of food safety, and assist in the preparation, cooking and finishing of a range of menu items. Attention to detail, understanding the importance of sustainability and protecting the environment are key, as well as assisting in the opening and close down of the kitchen under the direction of a more senior member of the team.

The qualification you will receive at the end of the apprenticeship is Production Chef Apprenticeship level 2.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

A full-time, ongoing position may be available upon completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Reliable


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade 3/D) Essential

Things to consider

The employer has 2 other premises: The Cross Keys in Dunnington and The White Swan in Deighton. Depending on travelling distance from your home address, you may be based in one of these locations in addition to, or instead of, The Blacksmith Arms in Naburn. There will be some weekend working as part of the rota. After you submit your application, please look out for an email from You must reply, otherwise your application will not be considered.

About the employer

We are a small family run business operating 4 hospitality businesses – 3 in York. We employ approximately 30 employees across our sites.




The Blacksmith Arms

Main Street


YO19 4PN

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Apprenticeship standard

Production chef

Level 2 (GCSE)

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