You will be taught by some of the best chefs in the area, working as part of a small team of chef’s producing & serving quality fresh food for our busy and popular Country Inn awarded for Culinary excellence. You can expect fresh, seasonal ingredients with modern British Cuisines from our famous Signature Dishes to traditional favourites.

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

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Closing date: 30 Aug 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

    You'll work a minimum of 4 days per week including your college day, your shifts will include some weekends and evenings TBC. We open all year round except Christmas Day.

    Total hours per week: 30.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    06 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    02 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Preparing fresh food to order for our country inn, carvery and spa 
  • Catering for events such as weddings as we have a function room 
  • Helping to devise specials and prepare afternoon teas 
  • Ordering, storing and keeping record of stock 
  • Cleaning down during and after service 
  • Working with the team to promote a good customer experiance 

The training you will be getting

You will study the Commis Chef level 2 apprenticeship whilst being fully supported and mentored by the head chef and catering team.  

You will attend college on a weekly basis, spending time in the training kitchens at the Buxton Campus receiving training from industry-qualified and very experienced staff (college transport is available).

If you require maths & English qualifications there may be an opportunity to study Functional Skills as part fo your apprenticeship depending on your personal circumstances.  

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

After you have passed the course there is potential for a permanent position and further training/career progression. We have many ex-apprentices still working with us.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Time Management, A desire to learn


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C or above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C or above) Desired
Other Food/Catering related subject (Grade Any) Desired

Things to consider

Please consider how you will get to work each day, the public bus service is poor. From Leek, you could consider the Moorlands Connect local, bookable, bus service or ask friends and family if they're able to support you if you do not already have your own transport. You will be required to work evenings and weekends on a rota basis. We are open all year round, including Bank Holidays, except for Christmas Day when we close so that all staff can enjoy time with family and friends.

About the employer

Based just outside of Leek in the Staffordshire Peak District, with a reputation for being one of Staffordshire’s premier venues comprising of a Country Inn, Weddings Venue, Function & conference Suite, 26 boutique style bedrooms and now one of the UKs leading unique spa destinations. The Country Inn has Been awarded “The Best Casual Dining Restaurant,” for 3 years running in 2017 – 2019 at the Staffordshire Good Food & Tourism Awards. Also awarded, 1 AA Rosettes for its Culinary excellence.







ST13 8TW

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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


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

Please apply through Buxton & Leek College to be considered for this role.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 30 Aug 2024