We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to prepare, cook and serve food for variety of meals for guests attending events such as conferences, business meetings and private functions at Wilton Park, and to provide general support and assistance within the kitchen.

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Closing date: 29 Sep 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Working 4 days out of 7 with one work-based learning day. Some weekend work required. Working hours to be discussed at interview.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    08 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    16 Aug 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

To work as part of a team of chefs at Wilton Park, providing a full range of meals for guests attending events at Wiston House, including:

  • Preparation, cooking and serving of food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon teas, buffets, banqueting dinners and BBQs
  • Taking consideration for guests’ special dietary requirements, including religious diets, allergens, food intolerance diets
  • Monitor the temperature, quality and portion size of all food served from the kitchen areas
  • Ensure that all food leaving the kitchen is prepared and served to the pre-agreed consistent high standards
  • Ensure the effective control of refrigeration and dry store goods to ensure food safety and reduce waste
  • Comply with local health and safety requirements
  • Carry out other duties as may reasonably be required from time to time

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

  • Production Chef Level 2 Apprenticeship (GCSE)
  • On the job training provided by employer and team members
  • Full study package available
  • Working in conjunction day release with Chichester College


Mandatory – 20% off the job training

Apprentices are allocated a Tutor, who visits the apprentice in the workplace every four weeks

The apprenticeship is made up of the following:

Standard (Level 2) - this is where the apprentice demonstrates they have the knowledge, behaviours and skills to meet the criteria of the standard:

  • Functional Skills - if required, are delivered at the college and are made up of English (Reading, Writing, and Speaking & Listening) and maths
  • Assessment of this qualification will be by an “Synoptic End Point Assessment” and will be graded “Pass” or “Distinction”.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • The successful candidate will have the opportunity to further their career progression at Wilton Park

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Team working, Good practical skills, Good personal hygiene, Good hygiene procedures


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 9-4 (A*-C)) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9-4 (A*-C)) Desired
Other Food Hygiene Certificate (Grade Pass) Desired

Things to consider

Please note that the kitchens at Wilton Park are on 3 different floor levels (kitchen, stores and freezers) and there is no lift as 16th century building. Own transport is essential – Wiston House is not easily accessible by bus or rail services. As Wilton Park is an Executive Agency of the FCDO, the successful candidate will need to complete the standard government baseline security questionnaire. Successful completion and approval will be needed to confirm acceptance of post in line with standard onboarding processes which includes a probationary period. Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): I’m under 19 (or in the first year of an apprenticeship) If you are under 19 (or over 19 but in the first year of an apprenticeship) you are entitled to the national minimum wage for apprentices – £5.28. This means your first year apprentice wage must be equal at least £5.28 (per hour) in order to comply with the law. I’m aged 19 (or older) and on the second year (or more) of my apprenticeship After a year, your situation might change. Once you are 19 or older and in the second year of your apprenticeship your pay switches over to now be governed by the national minimum wage.

About the employer

Wilton Park is an executive agency of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and is situated remotely at the foot of the South Downs. It is based at Wiston House, a sixteenth century manor house, and organises international conferences as well as business and private functions.







BN44 3DZ

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Production chef

Level 2 (GCSE)

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