Production Chef Apprentice DOWNHAM HALL LIMITED

Working with the team of chefs to prep food, plate up, and learn how to cook breakfasts. Our team use local, fresh produce and our team of chefs are highly skilled in what they do, producing food to 2 Rosette star standard. It is an exciting place to work, with changing menus, innovation and creative dishes being at the forefront of what we do.

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

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Closing date: 14 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £9,984.00 to £17,846.40

    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

    Typically Wednesday to Sunday but can vary depending on the skill set. Times are variable but there are no split shifts. Between 30 and 40 hours per week.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    28 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    08 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

You will work with experienced chefs and a highly experienced Head chef who will guide and train whilst working in our brigade. Duties will include:

  • Prep dishes
  • Cook certain dishes and plate up from scratch with training
  • Work with our chefs in executing dishes for banqueting
  • Be part of the team in producing high end dishes for restaurant

The training you will be getting

  • The apprentice will be working towards the Level 2 Production Chef Apprenticeship Standard
  • College attendance will be at the Colchester Institute - Colchester Campus one day per week during term time

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • The apprentice could progress into becoming a Chef de Partie.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent maths and English (Grade 9-2/A*-E) Essential

Things to consider

Start date could be earlier than specified depending on the applicant's availability. This is a countryside venue, please check that you will be able to travel to the venue's location before applying. The apprentice will be eligible for a staff discount and share of all gratuities.

About the employer

Downham Hall has been around for hundreds of years, for most of it's time as a large residential home to wealthy families, including the de Beauvoirs and descendants. All that has changed in 2017 when the conversion towards a Boutique Hotel and Venue commenced. Today and several hard years of work we have come a long way, have further to go, but continue our passion to create a destination for all sorts of reasons. We have weddings, business travellers, wakes, holiday makers, people with healthy appetites and locals all using our venue. The building is contemporary inside, with simple, elegant dining spaces and 5 individually designed bedrooms which are comfortable and yet also luxurious, offering the perfect place for foodies, leisure guests, business guests and special celebrations. Christina and Andrew Metcalfe manage the venue including day to day business and the finances. Downham Hall has 15 full-time staff plus part-time staff in addition. It is based in the countryside near Billericay.







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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Colchester Institute - Apprenticeship Team

01206 712043

Apprenticeship standard

Production chef

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 14 Jun 2024