Chef Apprentice The Yard by Silver Oak

The Yard by Silver Oak is an exciting new street food destination venue opening in early 2023. We are looking to build on our success and to recruit two new passionate apprentices to join our team.

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Closing date: 30 Mar 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £7,503.60 to £14,820.00

    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

    This will depend on the training days at college, we are offering a minimum of 30 hours, potentially more, to fit around training. We are open seven days, including a prep day on Tuesday’s. Shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Apr 2023

  • Date posted

    26 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

To work in a one of two busy kitchens to produce high quality, chef prepared food and to support the development of the new catering and hospitality business.

Job tasks:

  • With close mentoring support, to make and deliver exceptional quality food
  • Provide excellent customer service and build relationships with customers
  • Keep high standards of personal cleanliness and appearance
  • Maintain high standard of cleanliness and hygiene in the workplace
  • Work across the Silver Oak team to help ensure the smooth running of the business
  • Work with all team members to ensure great communication and efficient working
  • Adhere to all recipe and presentation standards
  • Report all equipment failure and hazards upon detection
  • Ensure stock rotation and wastage is kept to a minimum
  • Keep Food Safety knowledge up to date and conform to all health/food safety codes of practice and COSHH regulations
  • Participate in a reviews and development as requested
  • Carry out duties as requested

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

There will be on and off the job training and mentoring support by the employer. The position is for 5 days a week including a day release attendance at Cambridge campus.

The practical training period is the time dedicated to the development of the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours for your Apprenticeship which includes the following components; 

Level 2 Production Chef Standard
Level 2 Award in Food Safety

The apprentice would be assigned an assessor through the College, who would typically come out to visit in the workplace to assess workplace competence.

The knowledge side would be provided via an online portal and assignments/evidence of work/portfolio via an online Smart Assessor tool.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Full-time chef roles are available following successful completion of Apprenticeships. We are an expanding business and continuously invest in our teams.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Presentation skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Passion for food


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3/D) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3/D) Essential

Things to consider

If you love a face paced contemporary environment, are willing to start at the bottom, but have the energy and ideas to contribute and help us grow, then join our Head Chef and team in our small but very busy kitchens. Put into practice traditional skills and learn to prepare excellent street style food. Early starts, initially daytime only working, always at least one day at the weekend. As we are a small team, we pull together to cover sometimes at short notice. Great centre location, nearby to Ely train station.

About the employer

The Yard by Silver Oak is an exciting new street food destination venue based in the centre of Ely town centre. We have a small, trained chefs who prepared high quality food from fresh in a small but very busy kitchens. We are expanding soon and would like to add 2 apprentice chefs to join our teams.


The Yard by Silver Oak


The Yard by Silver Oak

35a Newham Street



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Training provider




01223 418778

Apprenticeship standard

Production chef

Level 2 (GCSE)

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