Barista and Activity Assistant Apprentice PLAYDATES LTD

Northern Skills are recruiting on behalf of Playdates. Playdates are looking for a hardworking, determine and friendly candidate to join their team as a Hospitality Team Member Apprentice. The successful candidate will provide excellent customer service, serving food and drinks to customers and will work towards a level 2 Hospitality Team Member.

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Closing date: 17 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    You can access complementary hot and cold drinks during your shift, we ask you use your own judgement to consume beverages during quiet work periods.

  • Working week

    Monday to Sunday Shift rota will be issued monthly.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    27 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    22 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

• To provide high quality drinks and snacks to customers in an efficient manner
• Provide clean and well-maintained facilities for our customers to enjoy
• To support in set up and tidying of activities and participate in Mascot entertainment

Key responsibilities

• Manage the processing of orders in the kitchen and ensure adequate preparation has been done
• Assist with stock control including collecting shopping locally
• Ensuring the opening and closing checklist is complete each day
• Assist with setup and coordination of a range of activities such as singing groups, messy play, crafts, storytime, disco as well as special events e.g. Halloween and Christmas parties
• Assist in hosting private events and ensure the logistics of the event are running to plan, the host is relaxed and guests are enjoying themselves
• Play special characters for in-house and external events using a range of mascot costumes when required
• Welcome guests and sign in on the system
• Take payments at the end of the session
• Process and serve food and drink orders
• Observe and interact with customers to ensure that their needs are fulfilled to the best of our ability
• Ensure all areas, surfaces and equipment are clean and well maintained to comply with all hygiene and food safety regulations
• Ensure all daily cleaning tasks are complete and assist with deep cleaning weekly schedule
• To manage college appointments, workload and assessment deadlines
• To meet with your mentor when required to manage your off-the-job training
• To complete all final assessments required to complete an apprenticeship qualification

The training you will be getting

  • Level 2 Hospitality Team Member
  • Day Release one day per week
  • Middlesbrough College

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Depending on the circumstances of the business upon completion of the apprenticeship programme there could be a potential position of employment available. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Presentation skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 2/E or above) Essential

Things to consider

This vacancy is to start immediately therefore you must be available to start before applying. All closing, interview and start dates are subject to change and may close early if sufficient applications are received. Please ensure you apply early to avoid disappointment. Northern Skills will check candidates' eligibility prior to any interviews.

About the employer

Playdates CIC creates connection, laughter and community through baby and toddler activities.




30 Church Street



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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

Hospitality team member

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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