Cookery School Apprentice WESTMORLAND LIMITED

Cookery School is a 12-18 month apprenticeship providing a bespoke food-based learning journey to understand our farm-to-fork ethos. Rotating across multiple sites in Cumbria, participants have a fantastic opportunity to enhance their passion for food, develop culinary knowledge and skills whilst building a career with a local family business.

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

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Closing date: 31 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £10-£10.60 an hour, 30-40 hour weeks.

  • Working week

    Shift patterns vary depending on which site the apprentice is located. Expect to work some weekend and midweek days with example shift times varying from 7am-3pm, 9am-5pm & 11am-8pm.

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Nov 2023

  • Date posted

    17 Jul 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    6 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

As a Westmorland Cookery School Apprentice, you will work in 8 different stations across 7 sites in Cumbria, rotating to a new station every 2 months. You will undertake different hands-on and practical tasks day-to-day depending on the location of your station. The stations are as follows:

  • Westmorland Hotel Kitchen
  • Junction 38 Services Finishing Kitchen
  • Rheged Café Kitchen
  • Westmorland Production Kitchen
  • Pies, Sausage Rolls and batch cooking
  • Westmorland Kitchen Bakery
  • Tebay Services Hot Plate, Flat breads & Salads
  • Tebay Services Butchery
  • Tebay Services Finishing Kitchen

Some general tasks and responsibilities include:

  • Prepare and cook food to specification in multiple kitchens
  • Checking food levels and demand to ensure we only offer fresh quality products
  • Help prepare a range of boxed sandwiches and salads, wraps, toasties and snack boxes
  • Keep a clean, tidy and safe kitchen, willing to scrub in whenever needed to ensure an excellent working environment
  • Ensure a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene following all relevant food hygiene and allergy guidelines
  • Complete food hygiene paperwork
  • Communicate with all departments to help keep the flow of delicious food available

You will play a key role in the back of house supporting our cooks to deliver a smooth kitchen service ensuring our high standards are maintained and the best-tasting and quality food is always on offer to our customers.

You will help ensure the kitchen is efficient and tidy by keeping on top of all cleaning duties, prepping food for the next days' service as directed and assisting with cooking tasks. You will work closely with the chefs in our kitchens to ensure our cooked ingredients are available when needed.

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

  • Level 2 Production Chef qualification to be delivered via one day a week study leave at Kendal College
  • Where the apprentice has not already achieved Level 2 English and maths, they will be supported to do so before taking the end-point assessment
  • The role will be based across 7 sites in Cumbria

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • On completion of the programme, we will offer all participants a full-time role or the option to extend their learning via a higher level apprenticeship

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working, Polite


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4+) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade 4+) Desired

Things to consider

Free colleague bus service from Penrith, Appleby, Kendal, Kirkby Stephen and surrounding villages

About the employer

We cook real food and sell exceptional produce across multiple sites including our motorway service areas that celebrate place and craft. A family business, started in 1972 from our farm in Cumbria, which runs unique motorway service areas – Tebay, Gloucester and Cairn Lodge – based on no franchises but instead our own Farm Shops and Kitchens. We also have Junction 38, a services dedicated to HGV drivers, Rheged, a meeting place, Cafe, Gallery and Cinema, and the Westmorland Hotel situated on the edge of the Lake District.




1 Orton Moor Cottages



CA10 3SB

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Training provider



Matt Brooks

Apprenticeship standard

Production chef

Level 2 (GCSE)

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 31 Oct 2023