Commis Chef Apprenticeship

Jenkinsons Caterers

Staffordshire, WS14 9LQ

Closes in 10 days (Wednesday 31 July at 11:59pm)

Posted on 31 October 2023


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.

Annual wage
£15,600 a year

Minimum wage rates (opens in new tab)

The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Commis chef (level 2)
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

30 hours a week

Possible start date

Thursday 1 August


1 Year 3 Months

Positions available



As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

  • Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship
  • Functional Skills in English and maths if required
  •  In-depth online & venue-based training


Where you’ll work

Coton House

Vicarage Lane



WS14 9LQ


An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation


Your training course

Commis chef (level 2)

Equal to GCSE

Course contents
  • Contribute to reviewing and refreshing menus in line with business and customer requirements
  • Use technology for the development and production of dishes and menu items in line with business procedures and guidelines to achieve the best result
  • Check food stocks, report on shortages, prioritise food that is close to expiry and keep the storage areas in good order
  • Prioritise tasks, ensuring food items meet the required quality standard and in the required time frame
  • Measure dish ingredients and portion sizes accurately
  • Use a range of craft preparation and basic cooking skills and techniques to prepare, cook and finish dishes and menu items in line with business requirements
  • Use correct knives and knife skills when preparing food and use the correct equipment when preparing, cooking and finishing food
  • Correctly store and use food items and commodities when preparing, cooking and finishing dishes to deliver a quality product that is safe for the consumer
  • Apply correct preparation and selection methods when using fresh produce in dishes
  • Complete preparation and cooking tasks to a high standard, delivered on time and presented as described within the recipe specification
  • Maintain a clean and hygienic kitchen environment at all times, complete kitchen documentation as required
  • Work with others to ensure dishes produced are of high quality, delivered on time and to the standard required
  • Choose methods of communication that achieve effective team working
  • Develop own skills and knowledge through training and experiences
  • Deal with team challenges and problems constructively to drive a positive outcome
  • Effectively manage resources to meet specifications and control waste
  • Follow safe systems of work reporting risks in the appropriate manner
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.


    Desirable qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • English (grade 4 or C)
    • Maths (grade 4 or C)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.


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

    Other requirements

    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 location of the property, it can be difficult to reach by public transport, therefore access to your own transport is advisable.

    About this company

    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. (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    Guarantee of a role in a Jenkinson's kitchen at the end.

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    Mike Patterson, HR Manager

    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000207626.

    Apply now

    Closes in 10 days (Wednesday 31 July at 11:59pm)

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