This role will involve producing high quality food from fresh produce only. You will learn how to make everything from scratch - from jus, sauces, pastry, soups, to filleting fish. The only thing we buy in is our bread. You will get to work different sections in the kitchen, with a young talented team of chefs with Michelin experience behind them.

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

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Closing date: 01 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £10,982.40 to £21,673.60

    Employee benefits include: a pension scheme, a service charge added to wages after a probation period and free car parking. There is also an employee discount for the restaurant and the sister garden centre business.

    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 restaurant is open Tuesday to Sunday so the rota will be over these days, divided between late and early shifts.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    26 Oct 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Day to day responsibilities include:

  • To prepare various items depending on your kitchen section - ready for service and for future functions
  • Preparing garnishes for main courses
  • Preparing sauces
  • Preparing seafood items for starters
  • Prepare fruit for breakfast
  • Cut and trim meats for sauce section
  • Help to maintain a clean and organised work space
  • Assist the chef that is in charge of the section you are working on

The training you will be getting

  • The apprentice will be working towards the Level 2 Commis 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

  • When qualified as a chef you can get a job wherever you decide to go in the future, either to London or even abroad etc
  • International hotel groups give great future prospects as higher level chefs being moved around different establishments

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working, Initiative, Keen to engage, Self Motivated


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade A*-E/9-2) Desired

Things to consider

The successful applicant preferably will need to have their own mode of transportation, as public transport is not sustainable in the long term for travel to where we are situated.

About the employer

We are a privately owned 12 bedroom boutique hotel with a bar and dining room attached. We have a small kitchen brigade which will ensure you are always being taught things on the job. We have traded for over 10 years - through one of the toughest periods for hospitality (Covid and Brexit) and have come out strong.








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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 - Apprenticeships Team


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

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 01 Mar 2024