Commis Chef Apprenticeship GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY PLC

The successful apprentice will have a fantastic opportunity to work alongside some experienced and skilled chefs in a variety of different dining trains with varied menus. You will prepare, cook and serve hot and cold meals to the company’s standards.

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Closing date: 02 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Benefits of working with this employer include Statuary Holidays, Tips, Uniform supplied, and the opportunity to work with a close knit team

    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

    The working pattern is Wednesday to Sunday on various shifts.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    16 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    24 Aug 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • To work to the company’s policies and procedures, health & safety policy and food hygiene regulations.
  • Prepare, cook and serve hot and cold meals to the company’s standards
  • Provide food for special dietary requirements as required, taking into account customer’s preferences
  • Continually seek to improve professional knowledge and competence
  • Take part in staff briefings, meetings and training in order to continually improve company standards and customer service.
  • Identify opportunities for new business and improvements in market strategy
  • Other duties and responsibilities consistent with the role as required by the Catering Manager.

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

On completion of the qualification, the apprentice will receive a level 2 Commis Chef qualification.  The apprentice will work with the employer four days a week and attend Leicester College at Freemen's Park Campus one day a week.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

The natural progression from commis chef is to demi-chef de partie, chef de partie (section chef) and then onwards and upwards to sous chef and head chef.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Numerate - placing orders, Understanding of allergens, Excellent presenation skills, Can do attitude, Genuine interest in food


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

Things to consider

The applicant must show that they have a genuine interest in food and furthering their culinary knowledge. With an ability to remain calm and deliver in a pressured environment.

About the employer

The Great Central Railway is the UK's only double track, main line heritage railway. It’s the only place in the world where full size steam engines can be seen passing each other – just as it was when steam ruled the rails. They have a great selection of dining trains with over 200 services. Which include Three, four, five and six course meals, Sunday luncheon, and afternoon tea.







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Training provider



Nicky Jones


Apprenticeship standard

Commis chef

Level 2 (GCSE)

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