Baker / Sous Chef

Location: Argent College

Contract Type: Permanent Full Time

Closing Date: 17 June 2024

Salary: £23,886 – 25,792

Specific Hours: Varied

Baker / Sous Chef

Based in Jewellery Quarter

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Job Description

Colleague Benefits

Safeguarding Policy

Ruskin Mill Trust provides students with holistic learning by role modelling positive relationships in the fields of arts, crafts, commerce, agriculture, nutrition, living skills and the environment. Working with young people aged 16-25 years with complex behaviour, and learning difficulties and disabilities, including autistic spectrum conditions, whose needs cannot be met in mainstream settings.

Using the insights of Rudolf Steiner, John Ruskin and William Morris, Ruskin Mill Trust works with hand, head, heart and place to provide students with the tools to transform material through craft activities, and in doing so transform themselves. Argent College is the most recent college provision delivering Ruskin Mill Trust’s unique method of Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (PSTE).

The curriculum includes a range of practical and vocational activities to help an individual develop their self-awareness and self-confidence, as well as preparing them with transferable skills for life after college. Students are also able to attain achievement awards and qualifications.

Are you an experienced Chef/Baker looking for a rewarding role with sociable hours of work?

We are looking to recruit a….


£23,886 – £25,792 per annum

Salary dependent upon qualifications and experience

Full time / 40 hours per week

We are seeking an experienced chef who has an artistic flair for bakery, to produce small batch quantities of high quality organic breads and pastries, and support the preparation of main menu dishes at the Sunday Times acclaimed - ‘Hive Café and Bakery’. A key part of this role is to provide outstanding work experience opportunities in bakery and catering for students with complex needs within the Argent College provision.

Experience, Knowledge and Skills:

  • Appropriate experience of operating in a catering role;
  • Skilled baker/sous chef;
  • Experience of budget management and cash handling;
  • Well organised, able to meet deadlines and have a good eye for detail;
  • Empathy and commitment to working with young people with complex needs;
  • Food Hygiene certificate;
  • Experience of menu design and creation, using fresh, seasonal, organic ingredients.

Main Duties to include:

  • To produce small quantities of artisan breads, pastries and other food dishes, liaising with the Café Manager, Catering and Hospitality Manager and other staff to ensure that supply and demand meets both business need and customer demand;
  • To create new and exciting breads and pastries that engage customer interest and attract sales following both traditional and modern recipes;
  • To provide meaningful work experience opportunities in bakery/catering for students within the Argent College provision.
  • To be responsible for maintaining a high standard of health and safety and food hygiene including the cleaning of the bakery using environmentally friendly products;

For full remit of the Main Duties associated with this role please view the Job Description.

Working with us is rewarding and our holistic approach extends to the staff body where we achieve a strong sense of community within our exceptional educational settings.  We also offer competitive salaries with progression in pay once qualified, and an auto-enrolment private pension scheme. 

In addition, staff benefit from:

  • A comprehensive induction programme, an excellent personal development plan and extensive training to include Safeguarding, Autism, Attachment, Emotional Resilience, Holistic Support, Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (PSTE), CPI safety intervention training.
  • A beautiful and unique setting in which to work, with free organic, healthy and nutritious lunches during term time.
  • A healthcare cash plan (Medicash).
  • 33-38 days annual leave (including bank holidays) increasing with your length of service with us.
  • A Cycle to Work Scheme.
  • A free employee assistance programme with BHSF.

Ruskin Mill Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Successful applicants will be required to undergo a DBS Enhanced Disclosure.

For further information and to apply visit or contact the Recruitment Team on 07977187822 or by email at


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