Apprentice Chef

Mercure Southgate Hotel

A fantastic opportunity to train as a Chef at a 4-star hotel in the centre of Exeter. A fast paced kitchen with great career opportunities.

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Closing date: 27 Apr 2017

Apprenticeship summary

Weekly wage


Wages explained
The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

Working week

40 hours per week

Total hours per week: 40.00

Apprenticeship duration

12 months

Possible start date

28 Apr 2017

Date posted

29 Feb 2016

Apprenticeship level

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

Reference number



1 available

We are committed to great food and service and we are looking for someone who shares our passion. We are a friendly, supportive team and look forward to welcoming you into our family!

Your duties will include:

  • Assist in the preparation and cooking of all of the menu from scratch including breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Assist in clear down, including washing up and cleaning
  • Maintain the highest hygiene standards

You will receive a full induction into the work place, training on the job as well as attending Exeter College once a week to complete your Apprenticeship training.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

You must be an excellent time keeper, be willing to work hard and well as part of a team. You need to be able to remain calm during busy periods and work with confidence.

Personal qualities

You must be friendly, approachable, well mannered and passionate about food and cooking it!

Qualifications required

Applicants must have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade A*-D including Maths and English or equivalent.

Future prospects

After the successful completion of the Intermediate Apprenticeship you may consider progressing onto the Advanced Apprenticeship. There may also be an opportunity to become a permanent member of staff on completion of the Apprenticeship.

Things to consider

Hospitality requires working unsocial hours. You will be working weekends, evenings and bank holidays.

About the employer

The 4-star Mercure Southgate Hotel is located in the historical city of Exeter. The hotel was originally built around 2 Georgian townhouses. This modern hotel is situated in Southernhay business district and a short stroll from the Cathedral and the Quay. The hotel has a wide range of guest rooms from Family room to Executive Suite as well as health club, which has an indoor pool, a sauna and a Jacuzzi.

The restaurant features a wide range of modern and traditional dishes in an elegant yet relaxed setting. Guests can enjoy contemporary British cuisine including locally sourced meat and fresh seafood.


Mercure Southgate Hotel


Southernhay East



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Training provider

  • NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery (Level 2)
  • Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles
  • Communications (Level 1)
  • Application of Number (Level 1)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Apprenticeship framework

Catering and Professional Chefs

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Exeter College


Rachel Blakeney 07795304171

Other information

From October 1st 2015 the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for Apprentices is £3.30 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old Apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other Apprentices the National Minimum Wage appropriate to their age applies. The wage for Apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent training.

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Closing date: 27 Apr 2017