Production Chef Apprentice Mercia School

From day one, you'll be an essential member of our bustling kitchen, where the purpose of the role is to assist in the preparation, cooking and serving of meals during family dining. You'll work alongside seasoned professionals who are eager to share their knowledge and expertise, molding you into a master of the kitchen with every dish you create.

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Closing date: 30 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Exact shifts to be decided, but will be between 7:30am to 3:30pm Monday to Thursday, for example 7:30am to 3pm Friday.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Nov 2023

  • Date posted

    26 Jul 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

As mentioned previously, the purpose of the role is to to assist in the preparation, cooking and serving of meals during family dining. You'll be joining an elite team of a Head Chef, 4 x Commis Chefs and a Catering Assistant.

Duties will include (but not be limited to):

  • Assist in the preparation and presentation of food.
  • Prepare all food items within agreed cooking methods and portion controls.
  • Implement and maintain the school’s food standards, and work with the Chef Manager to improve where possible.
  • Ensure the food safety of pupils with particular and special diets.
  • Serve staff, pupils and visitors at service time to the required standard and promote a warm, friendly atmosphere.
  • Supervise and look after pupils in the dining hall ensuring good order and discipline in accordance with School policies.
  • Ensure correct use of materials and equipment and ensure walking areas are kept clean and tidy.
  • Maintain highest levels of cleanliness and hygiene within the kitchen area and ensure that the cleaning schedule is completed on a daily basis.
  • Carry out a deep clean as directed by the Chef Manager.
  • Ensure compliance with the School’s Health & Safety policy, COSHH regulations and all statutory health and safety requirements, and ensure that these are observed by all members of staff and visitors.
  • Report immediately any machinery faults to the Chef Manager.
  • Co-operate with the employer on all issues relating to health, safety and welfare.
  • Maintain a high standard of personal cleanliness and hygiene.
  • Assist in the production and service of special functions, as required.

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

You will work towards a Production Chef Apprenticeship Level 2. You will have a dedicated industry expert to guide and coach you through components of your programme and you'll experience a range of different learning opportunities.

  • Online learning and face to face training with your Learn Plus Us Apprenticeship tutor.
  • Meetings with your dedicated tutor.
  • E-learning.
  • Interactive online workshops.
  • Self-guided research.
  • On-the-job instructions.
  • Peer-to-peer mentoring.
  • Personal development planning.
  • Progress reviews with your tutor and line manager.


What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

The opportunity for a permanent position, with the ability to progress into roles such as a commis chef or catering assistant.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English and Maths (Grade 4 / C or Above) Essential

Things to consider

You will be on your feet for a good amount of the day.

About the employer

At Mercia School we offer an education that is traditional and academically rigorous. It is our belief that all pupils, whatever their background, have a right to a culturally rich education. We strive to ensure all pupils can access the very best universities in the land, or a valuable alternative. Here at Mercia School, pupils enjoy a first-class culinary experience. We provide breakfast, lunch and two healthy snacks for pupils throughout the school day. We know our school day is longer than most and pupils need highly nutritious food that provides them with the energy needed to sustain high levels of performance. Our chef and his team are highly trained - they cater for all pupils who all eat the same meals with the exception of those with dietary requirements. From day one, you'll be an essential part of our bustling kitchen, where creativity, precision, and teamwork blend harmoniously to create extraordinary culinary experiences. You'll work alongside seasoned professionals who are eager to share their knowledge and expertise, molding you into a master of the kitchen with every dish you create. We believe in nurturing both personal and professional growth, and that's why our apprenticeship program offers regular mentorship and feedback sessions. Our chefs will be your mentors, supporting and guiding you every step of the way, ensuring that you blossom into the best version of yourself.


Mercia School


Carter Knowle Road


S7 2DY

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Training provider



Dmytrij Lymar

Apprenticeship standard

Production chef

Level 2 (GCSE)

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