Apprentice On Train Catering CHURNET VALLEY RAILWAY PLC

This is a position in a unique heritage railway setting aboard a heritage coach. Offering fine dining to a slap-up breakfast you will learn to handle the perils of a kitchen on the move. Working with a eclectic mix of young and old, paid and volunteers we offer dining behind a steam locomotive to over 9,000 people a year.

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Closing date: 31 Jan 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    This is a starting amount and can increase as the work ethic is shown. Bonus are available and tips are spit between all.

  • Working week

    Weekend Working 0830-1730 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 0900-1700 This is a seasonal area and so the days you work will change depending on the time of year. There is extended time off in January and February with summer being the busiest period.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 Feb 2024

  • Date posted

    04 Oct 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Food ordering 
  • Time keeping 
  • Maintaining a excellent level of cleanliness 
  • Working with volunteers to load and unload the train of it food requirements
  • Responding to emails and reviews with the office staff 
  • Carrying out running maintanice as this is a very hands on set up with the job changing daily in terms of what is required next
  • Weekend working 

The training you will be getting

  • Laptop Provided 
  • Safe Clean working space with your own desk 
  • Commis Chef Qualification level 2
  • Personal Track Safety for the Heritage Railway 
  • First Aid Training 
  • Computer Skills Training 
  • Atleast 1 day a week learning in the work place as well as the time spent at college

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Stay on to help lead the railway into a postive future with the dining train, with a view to later become management. We believe strongly in growing our own staff into positisons as aposed to dropping people in. This is a job for life if the person wants it. We would like to put them though more courses and happy to support them through university if they wish to go or find a course that suits them. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 1-9) Desired

Things to consider

This is a hands on physical job and must be remembered that you will need to bit fit. We are surrounded by volunteers and they will always be looking to the paid staff for what to do next.

About the employer

Heritage Steam Railway Offering railway trips though the Staffordshire Moorlands.




Station Road



ST13 7EE


Jack Ilczyszyn

01538 712741

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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

Apprenticeship standard

Commis 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

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