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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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4 June 2017

£13,965 increases subject to progress

Assistant staff



The Institute of Continuing Education is recruiting an Apprentice Commis Chef to join their training scheme, starting in July 2017. 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 an intermediate apprenticeship (to NVQ Level 2) in Professional Cookery. We offer a supportive working environment and mentoring scheme, 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.

Applicants should have GCSEs at Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics, the ability to work under pressure and as part of a team, with good attention to detail. We are looking for an individual who has enthusiasm and passion for cooking and the hospitality industry.

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).

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The closing date for applications is 04 June 2017. Interviews are expected to be held in the week commencing 19 June 2017.

Please quote reference EA11756 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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