Catering Apprentice – Commis Chef Blenheim Estate

As an apprentice, you’ll work alongside our talented culinary team, gaining hands-on experience and continuous learning opportunities. You will be supported throughout your apprenticeship by our apprenticeship mentor as well as your team. Join a kitchen where creativity and cooperation go hand in hand.

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Closing date: 01 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £13,312.00 to £23,795.20

    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

    Start Time: 8.00am Finish Time: 5.00pm Total number of hours : 40

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    05 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

• Complete tasks with dedication and professionalism.
• Receive, check and correctly store deliveries as well as checking
and reporting food items and stock levels
• Follow recipes consistently, ensuring uniformity in taste, quality,
and portion control.
• Maintain knowledge of product origin, seasonality, and availability.
• Record food loss due to spoilage or waste
• Communicate within the team to ensure the smooth running of the
• Maintain professional relationships.
• Assist with monthly stock take of food and section stores.

• Care for assigned equipment, reporting any loss or damage.
• Familiarise yourself with and adhere to:
o Fire and evacuation procedure
o Kitchen security procedure
o Company Handbook Sections
o Health and safety policies.
• Report maintenance faults to the Executive Head Chef
• Perform any other reasonable duties as required.
• Interacts with the kitchen team and wider team including front of
house staff, suppliers and customers.
• Maintain high standards of personal, food and kitchen hygiene in
their section.
• Ensure all food safety compliance checks are completed.

The training you will be getting

Commis chef level 2 (GCSE) qualification.

Skills: Develop essential culinary skills under the guidance of experienced chefs.
Experience: Work in a historic setting, preparing exquisite dishes for our visitors.
Support: Access mental health support programs, company discounts, and more.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Whilst a role is not guaranteed, there may be an opportunity for
the right candidate to continue your learning journey by moving
up to the next level of apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Team working, Initiative, Patience, Physical fitness, Punctual and reliable


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 4) Essential

About the employer

Blenheim Palace is located in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, just 8 miles from Oxford. We are open as a visitor attraction, attracting 771,120 per year. The Palace was built as a gift to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his victory at the Battle of Blenheim on August 13, 1704. The palace is named after this pivotal battle, which took place during the War of the Spanish Succession. It was constructed between 1705 and 1722 and is one of England’s largest houses. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. One of the unique features of Blenheim Palace is that it is still a Family Home . It is also more famously known as the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill, the renowned British statesman. The palace is set in 2000 acres of land, some of which was designed by the famous landscape architect ‘Capability’ Brown.


Blenheim Estate


The Estate Office

Blenheim Palace


OX20 1PP

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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


Papiha Whitehouse

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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