H-100 Apprentice Chef at Northcote Group, Various Locations

Job type Apprenticeship
Contract Type Apprenticeship
Positions Available 10
Salary £3.50 per hour
Reference Code H-100
Hours Per Week Straight shifts no more than 8/10 hours per day, 5 days at work, two days off. (These also depend on age and legal obligations)
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Job Description

The Northcote Group includes the Michelin Starred Northcote, the multi-award winning Ribble Valley Inns, and Northcote at the Rovers, the huge corporate hospitality operation at Blackburn Rovers FC.


We have started our search for the stars of the future

Candidates lucky enough to win a place on the scheme gain practical hands-on experience whilst working towards NVQ levels 2 - 3.   You will train and work in a thriving group of companies within a team of highly talented, hard-working professionals.

You will receive thorough training throughout your Apprenticeship with us which includes:

  • An induction before hitting the kitchen floor
  • Company History and Ethos, policies and procedures and statutory training
  • Basic Skills Training including where relevant knife skills, supplier and recipe familiarisation, project work and more
  • Training on the basics of all sections within the kitchen.
  • Further on the job skills that are required for the position chosen by you
  •  “Off the job training” days including educational visits to suppliers, demos, team building and team or individual kitchen challenges/skill sessions and Chef Meetings to review your performance.

Theory study is built in so you can take a blended approach to your learning on either a two / three year programme, dependent on entry level. Performance is monitored continuously and at the end of each placement the Head Chef / General Manager at the location will complete a detailed report on your development. You will also have on the job assessments and observations with your Tutor towards your qualification.

You will be provided with full Chef whites, aprons and trousers, which will be purchased by the Company.


We have several locations that the Apprenticeship scheme will be available at across the group, these include:

Northcote - Langho

The Three Fishes – Mitton, Near Whalley

The Clog and Billycock -  Pleasington

The Nag’s Head, Houghton - Cheshire

The Bull at Broughton - Skipton

The Highwayman – Kirkby Lonsdale

Northcote at the Rovers – Blackburn

Café Northcote – Blackburn


Please specify which location you are applying to on your application.

Person Specification

Skills required:

Numeracy - accurate, quick-thinker, methodical

IT/computer literacy - office skills, keyboard skills, software packages

Personal qualities:

Passion for food and hospitality 

Proactive - resourceful, driven, self-reliant 

Willingness to learn - inquisitive, motivated, enthusiastic 

Team working - supportive, organised, friendly, diplomatic

Commitment - dedicated, trustworthy, conscientious 

Flexibility - versatile, willing, multi-skilled

Attention to detail 


Other Information

Apprenticeship or Advanced Apprenticeship

Intermediate Apprenticeship – Level 2 Professional Cookery

Advanced Apprenticeship - Level 3 Professional Cookery

Proposed Duration

24-36 Months

Training to be provided

All aspects of NVQ Level 2 or 3 Professional Cookery

Future Prospects

Many who have joined the Northcote Apprentice Scheme have soon found themselves travelling to Portugal, learning the art of chocolate making at a Chocolatier, or getting caught up in the frenzy of new launches as Ribble Valley Inns rapidly goes from strength to strength. 

It’s hard work. But it is also very rewarding. The level of commitment required in terms of time, study and sheer application is high but those who complete the scheme with flying colours can look forward to working with one of the most successful businesses of its type... or eventually moving on to further their career having gained invaluable qualifications and experience.


Emily Simpson 01254 292849


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