We at Little Piggy are looking to hire an apprentice to train in the kitchens alongside our head chef and events chefs. We are seeking a high-energy and well-organised apprentice Chef to join our expanding events team and our new café venue. Working alongside our professionally trained chefs, the apprentice will have the opportunity to assist in designing menus for our pop-up-themed nights at our new café.

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Closing date: 31 May 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Tuesday to Friday 9.30am-5.30pm. 10.30am-8.30pm Saturday, hours on Saturday’s dependent on events and new café requirements. Includes 1 day paid release attendance at Cambridge campus. Exact working pattern will be discussed.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jun 2023

  • Date posted

    02 Mar 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Reports To – Duty Manager:

With close mentoring support, the candidate will have the ability to work flexible and demanding schedules in line with event bookings and new café.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Assisting in the food preparation processes of dishes
  • Contributing to maintaining kitchen and food safety standards
  • To maintain and continually organise the equipment store
  • To keep the equipment, clean and organised
  • To maintain food storage areas
  • To load the vans for events as per the event lists and to unload and organise the temporary event kitchens
  • To set up clearing areas and washing areas on event days
  • To keep the kitchens tidy and clear on prep days and event days
  • To clean and organise the fridges and freezers
  • To coordinate the clear downs and van loading on event days
  • To keep the equipment clean during the event day

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

We have an established, experienced chef team and executive chef who will be hands on in the training for the apprentice, overseen by the management team. We think that we can offer a challenging, stimulating, and exciting work environment for an apprentice to boost their practical studies.

The practical period is the time dedicated to the development of the knowledge, skills and behaviours for your apprenticeship which includes the following components;

• Commis Chef Standard - Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours

• Level 2 Award in Food Safety

• Functional Skills Level 1 maths and English (exemptions apply)

Day release to Cambridge campus for catering workshop training.

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 VLE (Virtual Learning Environment), and assignments/ evidence of work/ portfolio would be checked via an online Smart Assessor.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

View to keep to ideal candidate to grow with our catering and events business.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


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

Things to consider

Transport to different venues need to be considered. This role could start anytime. Our business is geared towards the busy summer months (wedding catering) so ideally, they would be committed to staying through the busy summer. Also, Little Piggy’s is about to open a new café on site, which will provide opportunities for the apprentice to design menus for our pop-up-themed nights. We are committed to offering a living wage so we will pay more than minimum wage to any apprentice that joins us. Must be able to work under pressure, whilst maintaining a positive attitude plus be physically fit as we are an events catering company.

About the employer

Little Piggy Catering is an outside event catering company, catering predominantly for weddings, private parties and corporate events in various venues including marquees, stately homes, barns, country houses and private gardens throughout Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas. We would like to foster talent in the kitchen by allowing opportunities to develop dishes, learn practical skills and experience working in a busy kitchen environment.




21 High Street



PE28 9JZ

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Training provider




01223 418778

Apprenticeship standard

Commis chef

Level 2 (GCSE)

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