Commis Chef Apprenticeship Jenkinsons Caterers

Our Apprentices are immersed in a vibrant learning environment within our collection of luxury wedding venues and restaurants. They learn on and off the job from exceptional chefs within a highly skilled kitchen brigade whilst working with premium seasonal produce and high quality equipment and tools. Duties will include; High quality food preparation. Helping with running and set up of the kitchen to agreed company standards and policies. Assisting the chef with presentation of a 3 course meal, ensuring that standards of food and service are consistently excellent.

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Closing date: 31 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salary will be reviewed at the end of the apprentice's first year Employee Benefit scheme Pension (with contributions from Jenkinsons) You get paid by BACS every week Refer a friend payment (Unlimited Payments) Subject to conditions

  • Working week

    Flexible shifts and days offered, full time positions available working 4 -5 shifts a week (minimum 30 hours) over 7 days. All breaks are paid. Approximate Shifts Times: 12pm – 8pm 2pm – 10pm 6pm – 10pm or 12am - shifts to be confirmed

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    06 Nov 2023

  • Date posted

    12 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

As a Commis Chef you will work alongside our talented chefs who will teach you all aspects wedding catering, with restaurants, banqueting and corporate events, including:

  • High quality food preparation
  • Helping with running and set up of the kitchen to agreed company standards and policies
  • Assisting the chef with presentation of a 3 course meal, ensuring that standards of food and service are consistently excellent.
  • Basic food hygiene, (CPL),
  • Legislation, Regulation, Allergens
  • Statutory compliance and health and safety
  • COSHH, HACCPs and Best practice
  • Knife skills
  • Food storage (CCP), time and temperature checks
  • Stock control and date labelling
  • Procedures and structure
  • Knowledge & understanding cooking techniques stocks/sauces/soups/braising/dauphinoise/canapes/labelling
  • Help control Kitchen cleanliness
  • Working as part of a team

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

  • Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship
  • Functional Skills in English and maths if required


What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Guarantee of a role in a Jenkinsons kitchen at the end

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 or C) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 or C) Desired

Things to consider

Excellent career progression Great location at luxury end wedding venues and restaurants Fully structured support for all new starters available Paid training provided for all training undertaken. Employee Assistant Program In-depth online & venue-based training Due to the beautiful location of the property, it can be difficult to reach by public transport, therefore access to your own transport is advisable. In addition to working at The Mill Barns, you will gain experience working at Pendrell Hall, Codsall Wood, Staffordshire, WV8 1QP.

About the employer

We are a family run business, trading for over 60 years with an open-door culture and supportive colleagues, who uphold our strong ethical values. Jenkinsons has become a leading provider of catering in Stafford and surrounding areas. Our wide range of services supports every occasion, Mill Barns primarily being a Wedding venue. We offer a rewarding career where you can make a positive difference to support people on the biggest day of their lives. We are a pro-active growing company with career opportunities, excellent off and on the job training, and a positive enthusiastic team. We value our team, and we respect the talents and passion that each member of it brings to the company. If you believe you have what it takes to be a catering professional, we would be delighted to hear from you and give you the opportunity to join the team. We train everyone to the highest standard and offer learning support throughout your whole career with us. Examples of career development and promotional opportunities within our Kitchen teams include our Executive Head Chef based at the HUB and central support office who began as Kitchen Assistant. One of our Sous Chef’s who has been with the company over 20 years began as a Kitchen Porter, and a Venue Chef that has been with the company for 9 years began their career with Jenkinsons as a Kitchen Hand.


Jenkinsons Caterers


The Mill Barns


Near Bridgnorth

WV15 6HL

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Training provider



Mike Patterson, HR Manager

Apprenticeship standard

Commis chef

Level 2 (GCSE)

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