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Chef/Catering Assistant Apprenticeship

Skern Lodge
Skern Lodge is looking for Chef/Catering Assistant apprentice to join their friendly, professional team. This is an exciting opportunity to join North Devon’s leading outdoor activity centre, providing catering for both residential staff and customers.

Skern Lodge - Employer

We are an outdoor activity and development centre based in North Devon. Established in 1976, Skern Lodge provides education, learning and fun through adventure. We are an independent, privately owned organisation committed to the highest standards in all aspects of the business. Situated on the edge of the quiet coastal village of Appledore, Skern is set within 22 acres of our own grounds with the tidal waters of the estuary on the doorstep, we are in the perfect location.

Skern Lodge


12-18 months

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Job Summary

Catering & Hospitality
Skern Lodge

Detailed Job Description

The key responsibilities of this position is to provide catering for both residential staff and customers, which can be up to 250 meals per day. Skern Lodge aim is to provide well-balanced healthy meals using fresh local produce where possible, and to ensure an efficient and cost effective operation paying attention to environmental issues.

The ideal candidate should be able to work in a team, use their own initiative and be proactive in their approach to work.

Assisting in the preparation, cooking, delivery and clearing of food at Skern Lodge catering operations, working functions and bar work

Maintain a clean working environment and ensure all systems are followed.


  • To assist as trainee Chef
  • Making sandwiches and rolls, wraps or baguettes
  • Preparation of foods for making sandwiches or salads
  • Serving and clearing in the dining room
  • General kitchen duties to include, cleaning, and washing up
  • To work in the pot wash sinks
  • To be concerned about good quality standards of food and service
  • To be aware of stock rotation
  • To prepare home-made sweets when necessary
  • To provide a salad bar with each evening meal
  • To keep cleaning schedule updated
  • To report all problems to the Catering Manager
  • To work as part of a team in the Kitchen with all other staff in helping to provide quality meals for staff and customers
  • To occasionally work as a waiter/waitress in the Dining Room
  • To help maintain high standards of hygiene to the Kitchen and assist in Health & Safety matters
  • To assist The Hotel Services Manager with ideas on menu choices
  • Participate in team meetings

Requirements and Prospects

Qualifications required

Food hygiene certificate is an advantage but training can be given

Skills required

  • To be able to work as part of a team and also work alone.

Personal Qualities


  • Organised
  • Reliable
  • Punctual
  • Honest
  • Flexible with working patterns
  • Clean uniform at all times

Future prospects

To become a full time member of the team and train towards further qualifications

Additional Information

Training provided

Apprenticeship standard for a commis chef

Hours from 0700 to 1900 to include weekends and bank holidays, split shifts - maximum 40 hours per week.

PETROC - Learning Provider

For more information about this vacancy please contact the provider PETROC on 01271 852431 or email: (Ref ID:78994)

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