Apprentice Commis Chef GYROS (Silver Darlings Café and Bistro)

We're offering an ambitious person the opportunity to work and learn in a unique and supportive café & bistro environment. You'll be part of a busy team. Based in the kitchen you'll be responsible for preparing food orders. You'll be encouraged to contribute to the development of the café, in terms of special events, menu changes, promotions, etc.

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Closing date: 22 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    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

    Hours will vary as this is very much a tourist environment. During the busy summer time more hours, less in winter

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    26 Apr 2024

  • Date posted

    03 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

You will receive training and be required to:

  • Working along and helping professional chefs
  • Learning all aspects of food prep from start to service
  • Learning from stock ordering to menu planning (and costing)
  • Legal requirements in the kitchen
  • Some customer service skills particularly during busy times

The post holder may be required to perform duties other than those given in the job description. The particular duties and responsibilities attached to the post may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility entailed.

The training you will be getting

Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship Standard

This programme, other than the requirement of periodic college attendance is primarily focused on workplace training and learning.

Should you not possess suitable concession qualifications, e.g. GCSE in English and Maths at Grade 3/D, you will also be required to attend college to undertake Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Following a successful apprenticeship, we would consider follow on employment if both felt this was right.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C) Desired

Things to consider

The Silver Darlings Café is set within the Time and Tide Museum. It is open 7 days a week during the season and 5 days a week from Oct-Feb. We are only open during the daytime. We also have the occasional evening event to cater for. Therefore, the hours will be organised on a rota basis and the ability to work at least half the weekends during the summer is essential.

About the employer

GYROS is a small charity set up 25 years ago to support migrants including refugees and asylum seekers. We run the café to give us a space in the town to run community sessions, provide work experience opportunities to our clients and to generate a surplus income which can be used by the charity to support our work. The café is also an essential part of the museum visiting experience. You will be part of a friendly team that has a range of catering experiences. It is an opportunity to learn and to showcase your work. We offer an everyday menu of breakfasts and lunches including a bistro style menu. We would like to offer additional events such as afternoon teas and looking for someone to help us develop that. You will be working alongside a qualified chef.


GYROS (Silver Darlings Café and Bistro)


Silver Darlings Café & Bistro

Time and Tide Museum

Blackfriars Road

NR30 3BX

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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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