Apprentice Commis Chef

Newburn Business Park, Newcast
30 Sep 2019
28 Oct 2019
Miss Laura Glover
Job Function
Commis Chef
Contract Type
Full Time


An apprenticeship is a funded programme where an individual learns new skills, knowledge and behaviours in a chosen sector. An apprenticeship will enable you to work and earn a wage whilst developing and gaining new skills as an employee.


Alongside your day to day duties, you will complete the Commis Chef Level 2 Apprenticeship. This is a nationally recognised qualification and the primary objective of the Commis Chef is to learn and understand how to carry out the basic functions in every section of the kitchen. You will be supported through this qualification by your Personal Development Coach who will visit you at your place work every 6-10 weeks. You will also attend 6 workshops including an Introduction day at a location outside your normal place of work. All travel expenses will be covered by your employer. You are not expected to complete any of your Apprenticeship work outside of your normal working hours and will be given set time each week to complete your work.

Package description


SALARY: £8.80

LOCATION: Newcastle

REPORTING TO: The Catering Manager

HOURS/WORKING PATTERN: 35 hrs/week, Monday to Friday

DURATION: Minimum 12 months


Do you have a real passion for cooking and would love a career as a Chef? Would you like to earn whilst you learn?

Well now is the time, as we have a very exciting opportunity for an Apprentice Commis Chef to join our team at Newburn Business Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE15 8NY. You do not need to have any experience as full training will be provided as part of the Apprenticeship. This is ideal for a school leaver or someone wanting a career change. Apprenticeships are for everyone regardless of age!

Over a 12 month period you will be trained to become a fully Qualified Commis Chef.

Main responsibilities

Based in the kitchen, daily duties will involve being H&S aware, prepping & cooking a range of different cuisines for up to 200 people a day, making sandwiches, serving hot drinks, displaying the days food, replenishing stock, stocktaking, serving food while interacting with the customers, stock ordering, managing waste & great customer service working in a team of 5-6. Able to provide hospitality for the client.

You will be trained and supported to complete the below duties:

  • Working alongside the Head Chef

  • Preparing food using fresh ingredients

  • Preparing starters and desserts

  • Cooking meals through various cooking methods

  • Taking instruction from senior chefs

  • Cleaning and clearing down work stations

  • Working in a safe manner at all times

  • Organising the larder

  • Preparing kitchen documentation

  • Keeping the work area clean and tidy

  • Working to Food Hygiene and safety recommendations

Ideal candidate

  • A strong interest to have a career in cooking

  • Keen and willing to learn

  • A ‘can do’ attitude

  • Punctual and reliable

  • Able to take instruction

  • Able to work well with others

About the company

WHO ARE ESS (Defence and Government Services)?

You will be working for our ESS sector. ESS has been a market leader in the Defence and Government Services sectors for over 40 years. As well as providing quality catering, retail and leisure services, we offer a portfolio of superior and sustainable soft services, including: hotel, cleaning, waste management, security and reception services. At ESS, health and wellbeing is critical. We support the wellbeing of thousands of military and police personnel and civil servants who carry out strategically important work, often in challenging conditions. That’s why we have a team of registered nutritionists who work with our clients and consumers to support them in their work.

Click here and take a look at our website for more information


We offer you the opportunity to be part of a fun and exciting team, where you have the opportunity and support to develop and progress your career.

We offer more than the National Apprentice Minimum wage. For all our Apprentices, we offer the National Minimum Wage.

We have supported hundreds of people in further developing their career through an Apprenticeship. Take the time to look through our careers website so you can see for yourself how completing an Apprenticeship with Compass continues to make a positive impact.


Your Apprenticeship is fully funded by Compass UK and Ireland, via the Apprenticeship Levy.

As a company, our Apprenticeship programme is subject to regulation from Ofsted and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).For that reason, each candidate must meet certain criteria’s in order to be eligible for funding.  This ensures our offer is compliant with all the quality and funding rules. Therefore, you will be required to complete the following:

Eligibility Questionnaire – the questions asked here will determine if we can claim funding for your apprenticeship training with our training provider and the rules for this are set out in the ESFA funding rules 2018/2019.

Initial Assessments – These are positioning tests in English and Maths. Whilst they do not directly affect your eligibility for the apprenticeship they provide us with your current level of learning and help us build an individual learner journey.  This will establish if you are working at the required level in Maths & English that is needed in order for you to complete the learning within your chosen apprenticeship.

European Social Fund – The Skills Funding Agency operates as a co-financing organisation for ESF and assures EU funding is correctly spent. The European Social Fund (ESF) is a structural fund from the European Union. It improves the skills of the workforce and helps people who have difficulties finding work. All our apprenticeships are compliant with ESF funding.

Please note that we reserve the right to remove this advert prior to the advertised date, dependent on the level of response received.  You are therefore advised to apply at your earliest convenience.