Apprentice Chef/Catering Assistant BETTYS & TAYLORS GROUP LTD

As an Apprentice Chef at Bettys in Ilkley you will be responsible for preparing delicious food and drinks as part of a deliciously magical experience for every customer. This is a practial operational role where you will work alongside a team of chefs.

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

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Closing date: 31 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    • Free meals, drinks and snacks while at work. • All uniform is provided. • Quarterly discretionary profit-share bonus. • Employee discounts. • Company pension. • Paid travel expenses to and from college plus meal allowance of £7 per day.

  • Working week

    Start and finish times can vary and may include some early mornings or later finishes with a normal shift length of 8.5 hours per day (no split shifts). At least one weekend day every week.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    22 Apr 2024

  • Date posted

    25 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

·        To prepare and cook food and drinks to the standard set out in the Bettys training manuals.

·        To work in a safe and hygienic way, in accordance with Bettys health and safety and food hygiene standards.

·        Follow our food safety procedures with regard to allergens, temperature control, stock rotation, involving dating and labelling correctly.

·        To maintain a clean and well organised work area.

·        Always use the menu specifications, correct weights and measures when preparing and presenting food and drinks, to ensure your dishes are to the highest standard.

·        Set up the kitchen in accordance with the procedures in your branch.

·        Work speedily and efficiently whilst maintaining quality.

·        Follow daily, weekly and monthly cleaning rotas to the highest standard. This will involve some heavy duty cleaning such as moving fridges and mopping floors.

·        Use equipment correctly in order to maintain it in good working order.

·        Ensure you use the correct manual handling techniques when lifting and carrying.

·        You may be required to work on our branch special events, such as Christmas functions or musical evenings held for customers at the branch.

·        Attend relevant courses such as Basic Kitchen Skills, Level 2 Food Award in Catering and complete e-training modules as required.


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 will be Production Chef Apprenticeship level 2.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

On completion of the apprenticeship if the employee wishes to progress there are opportunities to continue to upskill through further apprenticeships and internal development schemes.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Keen to learn, Interest in cooking, Time managment skills, Ability to work at pace


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

Things to consider

Bettys offer a range of internal development opportunities no matter your role and ambitions. We encourage everyone to explore what makes them the best version of themselves, and we do this through external training programmes, apprenticeships and internal 1:1 coaching schemes. If you would like to discuss flexible working patterns, please provide more details in your application. Start date is flexible; we will consider a September start for the right candidate.

About the employer

Our family business is home to three iconic Yorkshire brands – Yorkshire Tea, Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate. Together we share a passion for quality, service and doing things properly. Our team of 1500 people are based entirely in Yorkshire. Our workplaces include five Bettys Café Tea Rooms, Taylors distribution centre and our Plumpton Park site in Harrogate. Here you’ll find Bettys Craft Bakery, Bettys Cookery School and Taylors of Harrogate, home of Yorkshire Tea and Taylors Coffee. Our Central teams cover a wide range of specialisms to support both Bettys and Taylors businesses.




32-34 The Grove


LS29 9EE

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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


01904 770368

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

Apprenticeship vacancies are listed on the Bettys careers page. Select the vacancy to submit your details.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 31 Mar 2024