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Chef Scholarship Apprenticeship

St Austell Brewery - Havener's
Do you have a passion for cooking with fresh, locally sourced ingredients? Do you want to work in some of the most sought after locations in the South West? Why not get first hand chef experience while you learn and apply for a Chef Scholarship with St Austell Brewery. Experience is not essential – in fact, our Chef Scholarships are aimed at those with little or no experience. All we ask is that you have a positive attitude and the desire to start a career as a chef.

St Austell Brewery - Havener's - Employer

Our venues are exciting places to be, dynamic, high volume and fast paced whilst also offering high quality locally-sourced food and outstanding beers. The desirable locations across the South West mean our pubs experience significant seasonal demand over the summer, with holidaymakers flocking to experience our hospitality. As part of the St Austell Brewery family, we are proud of our heritage and independence. We remain family owned with family values. We’re delighted to have been awarded the Investors in People Gold status to acknowledge what we have created for our people. We produce award-winning beers and have pubs and hotels spanning across the South West from Bath & Bristol to the Isles of Scilly.

St Austell Brewery - Havener


12 months

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Job Summary

GBP 210.00
New Vacancy
Catering & Hospitality
St Austell Brewery - Havener's

Detailed Job Description

Role Purpose:

To work as part of a high energy team and develop the skills and behaviours required to become an established Chef and member of the kitchen team. It is our aim to delight our guests and live our company mission statement ‘serving customer with excellence’.

Reporting to: Head Chef.

Role Scope

As a Chef Scholar, you will undertake a 12-month Commis Chef Apprenticeship where you will work with other chefs to learn and practice new skills which are required to become an established and qualified chef. During your apprenticeship, you will develop knowledge, behaviours and skills through both college based workshops and practical experience as part of a commercial kitchen team.

Attendance of college workshops is an essential part of your development and you will be responsible for your attendance one day a week. In the workplace, you will be responsible for recording your onsite training and practice and sharing this with your college liaison and allocated Learning & Development Trainer.

As a Chef Scholar, you will be working with local fresh produce and play a hands-on role preparing and cooking dishes to the required specification and standard. You will gain an understanding of how to utilise ingredients to the best of their potential and learn how to manage stock and waste in day to day service.

A key part of your role will be to understand best and safe practice in a commercial kitchen and learn how to manage and implement the safe delivery of food to our guests.

Key Responsibilities


  • As part of your role, you will be self-driven and have a determination to deliver the best experience for our guests
  • You will use customer feedback to improve our service and help develop our food offering

People – We Appreciate ourselves and others and we never knowingly let a colleague fail

  • You will have a passion to learn from others in your team and offer support to your colleagues across all functions of the kitchen
  • You will bring a positive attitude and energy to the team and understand the value of others in your team


  • You will follow process and procedures set out by the Head Chef to ensure the safe and efficient production of our food offer
  • You will be punctual and well-presented and take pride in your role


  • As a Chef Scholar, you will always be on the lookout for dishes that are not to specification or to the required standard
  • You will be passionate about improving dishes and will openly share ideas with your Head Chef and your team


  • Completion and recording of skill requirements for the apprenticeship standard
  • Successful completion of your end-point assessment

Requirements and Prospects

Qualifications required


  • GCSE Grade C/4 or above in Maths, English and Science or will need to sit Key Skills qualification

Skills required


  • Driving Licence
  • Previous kitchen experience

Personal Qualities


  • Positive attitude
  • Desire to start a career as a chef

Future prospects

On successful completion of the apprenticeship we are keen to explore career opportunities for you with St. Austell Brewery.

Additional Information

Training provided

The programme involves developing effective knowledge, behaviours and skills in four main areas – culinary, people, business and food safety with specific topics including:

  • Preparing, cooking and finishing basic dishes including fish and shellfish, poultry, meat, game, stocks and sauces, bread and dough, rice and pasta, soups, vegetables and pulses, egg dishes, hot and cold desserts, cakes and biscuits
  • Health, safety and security of the working environment including food safety and hygiene practices
  • Food waste management and minimisation
  • Professional behaviours – timekeeping, attendance, following company standards, reliability, communication
  • Importance of working within budgets
  • Understanding the supply chain and how to work with suppliers
  • Risks in a work environment and how to manage them
  • Taste – basic flavour profile, seasoning, herbs and spices
  • Correct techniques including common knives, tools and equipment
  • Key allergens
  • Working as part of a team
  • Meeting targets and effectively controlling resources

Wages - Minimum of £7 per hour or minimum wage for your age, whatever is higher. The working days and hours are varied for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Truro and Penwith College - Learning Provider

Find your feet with a traineeship. They’re a great way to help you build your CV. That’s because traineeships help you learn the essential skills that every employer wants. And they’ll set you on the right path to compete for apprenticeships. In short, they’re that vital first stepping stone to getting ahead.

For more information about this vacancy please contact Truro and Penwith College on 01872 242711 or email: (Ref ID:90572)
Truro and Penwith College


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