Apprentice Chef

Salary: £18,200 (£8.75 per hour)

Closing Date: 07 August 2018

Apprentice Chef

We are currently seeking an enthusiastic person with a passion for cooking to fill our Apprenticeship role in a busy and varied kitchen.

The post is full time (40 hours per week) working 5 days out of 7, most of which are straight shifts, with regular alternate weekends off.  Holidays are automatically given over the Christmas and New Year period in addition to Easter and 2 weeks in August.

Job Purpose: 

To aid the Chef/Second Chefs and Chefs de Partie in their day-to-day duties within all areas of the kitchen, and to learn the skills required of a fully trained chef through undertaking day release and on-the-job training towards NVQ qualifications.


Duties and Accountabilities:


  • To ensure that all meals are of the highest possible standard


  • To adhere to time schedules in preparation and cooking of foods


  • To support, with direction, the Chef/Second Chefs and Chefs de Partie on a day-to-day basis by:


  • Preparing salad and vegetables
  • Cooking of vegetables
  • Preparing and cooking meat/fish for lunch and evening meals
  • Preparing sweets and desserts


  • To ensure your actions minimise risks to Health and Safety by:


  • working safely and obeying College Health and Safety rules as set out in the College’s Health and Safety Policy, Food Safety Policy, and Staff Handbook;
  • cleaning kitchen and food preparation areas and equipment as required;
  • ensuring chemicals are used and stored appropriately;
  • ensuring all hazards are reported using the College Accident Book
  • To work on the Servery when requested by the Chef/Second Chefs/Chefs de Partie
  • To clean the kitchen when requested by the Chef/Second Chefs/Chefs de Partie
  • To attend a local college of further education to work towards NVQ qualifications
  • To work flexibly to ensure effective team work
  • To ensure that appropriate clothing / uniform is worn at all times
  • Other duties as required by the College



Person Specification


The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:




Knowledge and Experience


Ability to speak English sufficiently to communicate with co-workers, understand basic instructions and relevant training


Ability to read basic English words in order to understand storage instructions on deliveries etc


Prepared to undertake all necessary training in catering, food hygiene and Health and Safety


Experience of working in a commercial kitchen


Basic Food Hygiene




A passion for catering and an ambition to become a professional Chef


Ability to work to identified cleaning procedures and standards


Ability to work as part of a team


Ability to work flexibly in line with the changing demands of the role when required


Personal Qualities


Reliable – good timekeeper




Clean and tidy appearance


Physical Qualities


In good health, capable of doing physical work which involves standing for long periods, bending, lifting and carrying





In addition to the salary of £18,200pa, New College will fund the NVQ training course(s).



The post holder will be automatically included in the Oxford Staff Pension Scheme (OSPS)



Free meals are provided in College when on duty.


Hours of working:

Full time, 40 hours per week, including College day release to undertake NVQ training. Working five out seven days of which most are straight shifts, with regular alternate weekends off.





38* days per year including bank holidays – 4 weeks of which are determined by the Colleges closed periods at Easter, Christmas, and 2 weeks in August. *After qualifying period.



Notice period:

During the initial probationary period, notice will be one week on either side.  Subsequent to satisfactory review and confirmation in the post the notice period will be one month on either side.


Applications may be sent by e-mail to:


Closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Tuesday 7th August 2017


Data Protection. All data supplied by applicants will be used only for the purposes of determining their suitability for the post and will be held in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.

We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:

  • Where we need to perform the contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you.
  • Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.
  • Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.


We may also use your personal information, typically in an emergency, where this is necessary to protect your vital interests, or someone else’s vital interests.


Other Information


The appointment will be conditional on verification of the successful candidate's availability for employment in this country.


The successful candidate will be required to complete a confidential medical questionnaire.


New College is an Equal Opportunities Employer.  Conduct against fellow employees and College members which is offensive, or detrimental to them on grounds of age, colour, disability, ethnic origin, marital status, nationality, national origin, parental status, race, religion or belief, gender, or sexual orientation will not be tolerated.

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