Apprentice Chef/Kitchen Assistant Blacksmiths Arms Westow

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our kitchen team in our fast-paced pub/restaurant. Your work will involve preparing and cooking good quality, fresh food in a busy environment.

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Closing date: 03 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Pay will increase with experience and capability as the apprenticeship progresses.

  • Working week

    Shifts between the following hours: Wednesday 10am - 10pm Thursday 4pm - 10pm Friday 4pm - 10pm Saturday 10am - 10pm Sunday 10am - 10pm

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    11 Dec 2023

  • Date posted

    08 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

You should be capable of taking direction well and multi-tasking effectively. You will gain experience in the hospitality industry and develop strong customer service skills.

Responsibilities and daily tasks:

·        Food preparation and a variety of cooking techniques.

·        Prepare meals and side dishes according to customers' dietary needs and preferences.

·        Prepare food in a timely manner.

·        Cleaning down work areas and entire kitchen.

·        Help with stock take and ordering.

·        Designated fridges for stock rotation and replenishing prepped food.

·        Be able to explain dishes to waiting staff and customers.



The training you will be getting

This apprenticeship will give you the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to work as a production Chef and will include the following:

  • Check, prepare, assemble, cook, regenerate, hold and present food meeting the needs of the customers and maintaining organisational standards and procedures.
  • Use kitchen tools and equipment safely and correctly to produce consistently high-quality dishes according to specifications.
    Understand how to produce dishes to suit individuals’ specific dietary, religious and allergenic needs as required.
  • Understand how to operate within all regulations, legislation and procedural requirements and complete and maintain all documentation in relation to this.
  • Understand how to maintain quality and consistency in food production by using resources in line with organisations’ financial constraints, style, specifications and ethos.

You will also produce a portfolio of evidence demonstrating examples of your work throughout the apprenticeship.  You will attend York College on a day release basis and the qualification achieved upon completion of the End Point Assessment is Production Chef level 2 Apprenticeship.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Upon completion of the apprenticeship, we will discuss the opportunity to work for The Blacksmiths Arms on a long-term basis

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent any other (Grade 3/D) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3/D) Essential
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade 3/D) Essential

Things to consider

We are in a remote location with no public transport so you must have your own transport to be able to commute to work. After you submit your application, look out for an email from York College with extra questions. You must reply, otherwise your application will not be considered.

About the employer

We are a family run, 300-year-old country pub who pride ourselves on serving good quality home cooked food. The beef and lamb come from our own livestock on the family farm, we source much of our produce as locally as possible. We have a team of around 20 staff therefore it is essential to be a team player.


Blacksmiths Arms Westow





YO60 7NE

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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


York College Apprenticeships


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

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