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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


Training Grade - £15,236 per annum plus a 10% split shift allowance

The Institute of Continuing Education is recruiting an Apprentice Chef de Partie to join their training scheme, starting in January/February 2020. The Apprentice will assist the Head Chef, Chef Brigade and wider Kitchen Team in the running of the Kitchen at Madingley Hall, including the efficient and economical production and presentation of food to the agreed standards.

Madingley Hall is the Home of the Institute of Continuing Education and is an award winning Teaching, Training, Conference and Events Venue and Hotel located 3 miles outside the centre of Cambridge. Recently awarded a 3 star rating from the Sustainable Restaurants Association and voted Best Budget Hotel by, the successful candidate will gain experience working with a dedicated, positive and professional group of Hospitality professionals.

The Hall and the operational staff, provide teaching and meeting room facilities along with full 'hotel services' to a broad range of the Institute's own programme of courses and events as well as to commercial conferences meeting and function activities for a wide range of external clients. The Hall currently has 15 meeting rooms, 62 en- suite bedrooms, a Bar, Dining Hall, public spaces and eight acres of gardens. The Hall operates 24 hours per day; 7 days per week and this role will be expected to work on a rota system to cover the peak operational hours of 7am to 11pm Monday to Sunday.

The successful applicant will be currently undertaking or be anticipating undertaking a level 3 apprenticeship (to NVQ Level 3) and will already have completed the NVQ Level 2 qualification in Professional Cookery. Applicants should also have GCSEs at Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics.

The successful candidate will be creative and passionate about food preparation and service. The ability to work under pressure and as part of a team is essential, and some experience of a commercial kitchen environment would be advantageous.

We offer a supportive working environment, together with full training on a day release basis in conjunction with Cambridge Regional College. We also offer generous annual leave entitlements, free car parking for staff at Madingley Hall, an extensive employee benefits scheme and a contributory pension scheme.

In order to be eligible for this apprenticeship, applicants should not already have a degree or other Level 4 qualification in a similar subject, or be on any other government-funded training.

The position is fixed-term for 2 years (the duration of the Apprenticeship). Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment in relation to their food handling work.

To apply for this vacancy, please follow this link: closing date for applications is Sunday 26 January 2020. Interviews are expected to be held early February 2020. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact ICE HR at or 01223 746205.