Commis Chef Apprentice THE REFORM INN LIMITED

We are looking for an enthusiastic apprentice who would like to learn the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to become a qualified Commis Chef. You will get involved with all aspects of running a busy kitchen, such as stock management, pre-service prep, cleaning, cooking to order, creating specials and using fresh ingredients.

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

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Closing date: 30 Aug 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £11,648.00 to £20,820.80

    You will be paid at least the minimum for your age. You will be provided with a uniform, 20% staff discount on food and drink and a fair share of tips in addition to wages.

    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

    4 days in work, 3 days off on a rota basis. Minimum 35 hours per week, working hours to include off-the-job training such as attending college. Our opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday 12noon, last food orders 8.30pm. Exact working days and hours TBC.

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    06 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    02 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

These are example duties and not a full list. Full training is provided, and your duties will expand as your skills develop. 

  • Planning and preparation - chefs will be expected to plan the day ahead, including summarising from previous days; what worked and what didn't and adjusting accordingly. We have daily specials to put together based on dates of food and quantities to be used to minimise waste
  • Section/station running and assisting - each station will be manned by the chefs, and each will rotate to ensure we keep knowledge and skills current and to ensure confidence grows within the team. The stations include sweets, starters, grill and pass
  • Cleaning down - We pride ourselves on setting high standards of cleanliness. The kitchen does not finish until all areas have been cleaned, all food labelled, all waste disposed of preparation for the following day is complete and paperwork is filled out as required

The training you will be getting

  • Commis Chef level 2 Apprenticeship 

You will attend college weekly at the Buxton Campus. College transport is available, including a free shuttle bus from the Leek Campus.

You will also learn skills around health and safety laws, allergy awareness and food safety.

In addition to college training, you will have lots of one-to-one training in the workplace from chefs and receive coaching and mentoring from the proprietor, Simon, who has a wealth of knowledge about running a successful business. 

You will also be visited in the workplace by a college instructor-mentor who will discuss your progress and ensure you're on track. 

  • Apprentices without level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths or equivalent (GCSE grade 4/C or equivalent, or above) will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

We expect the apprentice will stay with us on a full-time basis, should there be availability and the candidate prove to be a right fit for the business.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, An interest in the industry, Ability to learn from peers, A desire to learn


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

Things to consider

Please consider how you will get to work each day.

About the employer

My fiancé and I decided we wanted to open the pub/restaurant back in December 2022. Becky had previously managed in the industry for 2 years whilst I had spent several years as a leadership development coach and consultant. We both have a passion for people and great food, so concluded that opening a pub/restaurant would be the ideal fit to satisfy our needs and goals. We are keen on providing an environment that serves good food, good drink, and with good company. The menu that the chefs have produced reflects our flexibility and respect for all our customers. We are keen to serve traditional classics whilst providing our chefs the opportunity to use their creative skills when producing daily specials for all. We want to ensure that we understand our customers and can demonstrate our loyalty as we evolve, “We have listened to feedback and feel like we have a good understanding of what is important to customers.” Loyalty, integrity, and respect for others are values we both feel will underpin our success with both staff and customers. Our restaurant has a welcoming feel to it, as well as a few exciting new additions to the bar and restaurant areas, we still have our oak beams, stone walls, and a traditional oak floor really sets the tone for what we want to look like and how we want our customers to feel.






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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.

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

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Closing date: 30 Aug 2024