Chef Apprentice

  • Company: Plumpton College
  • Location: Plumpton. Nr. Lewes BN7 3AE
  • Salary: Please see below
  • Benefits: 26 days holiday, Local Government Pension Scheme, Free Parking


Could you be our new Chef Apprentice?

This is a great opportunity to learn on the job and an NVQ Level 2 certificate in Catering & Hospitality.

We are currently seeking an enthusiastic Chef Apprentice to assist our Head Chef with the provision of Catering and Hospitality services to our Students, Staff and External Clients to the College for Events and Functions. This is a 2-year fixed term apprenticeship contract.   

This is a practical job based at Plumpton College where you will work alongside an experienced team who will provide training and support whilst you develop.  This role also offers day release to attend classes at Sussex Downs College in Eastbourne to work towards a NVQ Level 2 certificate in Catering and Hospitality Operations.

The ideal candidate will be hardworking, enthusiastic and committed to completing the apprenticeship and earning a formal qualification.  This role would suit an individual who enjoys and has a passion for food and customer service.

In order to be considered for this role you must be physically fit and you will be competent in English and basic maths.

The rates of pay for this role will be based on the national minimum wage for apprenticeships:

Year 1: £4.00 per hour.

Year 2:

Under 18 £4.20 per hour

Age 18-20  £5.90 per hour

Age 21-24  £7.38 per hour

Age 25+  £7.83 per hour

You can also look forward to a great range of benefits including 26 days holiday plus bank holidays (as well as up to 5 efficiency closure days at Christmas), membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme and free on-site parking. This is a full time role, working 45 hours per week including time spent in classes developing subject knowledge.

Working Patten per week is 5 working days over 7 day a week to include two weekends per month on a rota basis and some flexibility will be required to meet the needs of the business as agreed with the Head Chef and Catering Manager. There will be some evening and weekend working required to support events, functions and meetings as well as faculty activities, college recruitment and promotional events.

With over 3,000 students, excellent resources and a drive for continuous improvement, Plumpton College is actively seeking staff who want to make a difference and be part of this exciting phase of our development. At Plumpton College we are Ambitious & Progressive, Enterprising, Professional, Supportive and Passionate about everything we do – if you share these values and would like to be part of our growing team then we’d like to hear from you.

To apply please complete an application form and an equality and diversity monitoring form and return them to or send it to: HR Department, Plumpton College, Ditchling Road, Plumpton, East Sussex, BN7 3AE. Tel: 01273 890454.

For further information about the role including job description and application form please visit the vacancies section of our website

Closing date for applications: Monday 25th March at 9.00am

Interviews will be held: Week commencing 1st April

Applying for this role...

Please complete an application form and an Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form and send to: or HR team, Plumpton College, Ditchling Road, Plumpton, East Sussex BN7 3AE.

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