Apprentice Commis Chef The Falgate Inn

The successful apprentice will be working with the head chef to learn and deliver the menu. You will also help to develop ideas for the weekly specials board.

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Closing date: 04 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Weekly wage equates to £204.80. The apprentice will also receive their share of tips plus a productivity bonus.

  • Working week

    Working hours will typically fall between Wednesday - Sunday, either 12:00 - 18:00 or 15:00 - 21:00. 30 minute break every day.

    Total hours per week: 32

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    30 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

As an Apprentice Chef, you will assist the Chef and will train to skilfully produce a variety of good quality food dishes to a high standard of preparation, production and presentation.

Main duties will include:

  • Preparing and cooking vegetables, salads, sweets, butchery, and sauces.
  • Preparing starter and dessert plates.
  • Assisting with preparation and using basic cooking skills and techniques to produce dishes.
  • Using traditional cuts and preparation techniques for meat, poultry, fish and vegetables.
  • Working as part of the kitchen team to ensure that the dishes produced are of a high quality and delivered on-time.
  • Measuring dish ingredients and portion sizes in line with recipe specifications.
  • Identifying principles of basic food preparation, allergens, diet and nutrition.
  • Checking food stocks and ensuring food storage areas are in good order.
  • Assisting with set up, preparation and cleaning tasks.
  • Always maintaining a clean and hygienic kitchen environment and completing kitchen documentation, as required.
  • Following food safety legislation and procedures.
  • Helping to review and refresh menus in line with business and customer requirements.
  • Keeping up to date with business and industry trends.
  • Assisting with all general kitchen duties.

Working in a kitchen environment can be pressured and stressful at times in order to ensure timely service delivery from the kitchen; it is equally rewarding for somebody who is keen to learn and develop in the hospitality industry. 

Enthusiasm and a true passion for food are key to this role.

You will be required to work well as part of a team and you must be prepared to take direction and guidance from senior members of the kitchen team.

The training you will be getting

For the full apprenticeship, candidates will complete:

  • Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship Standard qualifcation.
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English.
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths. 

For the End Point Assessment (EPA), apprentices will undertake a knowledge test, practical assessment with questioning (culinary challenge and observation) and a professional discussion regarding the apprentice’s portfolio of evidence.

Apprentices must attend college sessions once a week (term-time) at the Ipswich Road campus, located near Norwich city centre.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • A position may be available for the right candidate following successful completion of the apprenticeship. The business is looking for somebody who wants to develop and gain a position following their apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Team working, Methodical, Able to prioritise, Basic knife skills, Willing to learn, Enthusiasm, Take pride in own work, Interest in food/ the industry, Committed and reliable, Excellent timekeeping


GCSE or equivalent English and Maths (Grade 2/ E or L1 Functional Skills) Desired

Things to consider

Level 1 Functional Skills in English & Maths or GCSE Grade 2/E is preferable. If a potential apprentice does not currently meet these requirements, they will need to attend additional Functional Skills English and Maths sessions alongside their apprenticeship. Sessions may be held on a different day. Applicants who are currently undertaking or sitting GCSEs should include their predicted grades on their application. If successful for this position, you will be offered a conditional place on the apprenticeship, subject to you meeting the entry requirements listed above. The Falgate Inn is in Potter Heigham, a rural location. We offer support by being flexible with the hours you work. There is a limited bus service but we are happy to discuss ways of working around this in terms of shifts worked.

About the employer

We are a family- run country pub serving traditional food. We are busy in the summer with holiday trade. In the winter it is local trade with a busy Sunday lunches and events during the week, including quizzes and bands.


The Falgate Inn





NR29 5HZ

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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


City College Norwich


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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