Apprentice Chef - The Roundthorn Country House

About the employer:  The Roundthorn Country House

Roundthorn Country House is a privately owned, Grade 2 listed Georgian mansion on the outskirts of Penrith. We are one of Cumbria’s premier wedding venues, and are renowned locally for our expertise in weddings and banqueting. With facilities to cater for parties of all sizes, from 2-200, we are a versatile choice for customers and feel that we can offer something a little more personal to our guests. With an emphasis on high quality, locally sourced produce, our food has a reputation for being some of the best in the local area.

Brief overview of the role:  You are looking at an exciting opportunity to work in one of Cumbria’s top wedding and banqueting venues. The Roundthorn has an excellent reputation for delivering high quality food and service, and we are looking for someone with a passion for food and for working with fresh local ingredients.

Vacancy description:

With excellent training and opportunities for progression within the business, the successful candidate will be joining an experienced kitchen team who are looking to pass on their skills. Below are some examples of what to expect on a week to week basis.

  • Ensuring good hygiene and health and safety at all times
  • Preparing ingredients for the team
  • Measuring ingredients and portion control
  • Helping with stock deliveries
  • Assisting with plating meals for guests
  • Gaining experience in different areas, such as veg, meat, fish, pastry and sauces. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills:

  • Willing to study towards NVQ
  • Basic food hygiene
  • Professional
  • Able to take direction well
  • Conscientious
  • Punctual
  • Good listening skills

Personal qualities:

  • Flexible
  • Well-presented
  • Personable
  • Motivated
  • Eager to learn
  • Able to work in a team

Qualifications required:

  • No formal qualifications required. 

Future prospects: Opportunities for further training and development and promotion within the business. We are looking to recruit someone who will stay with the business once they have completed their apprenticeship. 


The Hospitality Apprenticeship is a 12-18 month programme.

The Apprentice Framework includes the Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery which is a competency based qualification. The Diploma has a variety of mandatory units including Health, Safety and Security, Effective Working Relationships, Food Safety, and Customer Care. The learner then chooses from a selection of optional units relevant to their chosen route and workplace.

The Framework also includes a Technical Certificate which is the Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Practices and Principles.

Part three of the framework includes Functional Skills in English and Maths. (Previous qualification in English and Maths can form exemptions for the function skills).

What will I learn?

Skills and knowledge will be delivered in the following areas:

- Health Safety and Security
- Effective working Relationship
- Customer Service

Specific skills will also be developed in your chosen route:
- Professional Cookery
- Food and Beverage Service
- Front of House
- Housekeeping
- Hospitality Services

Expected apprenticeship duration: 12 months

Hours of work:

30+ Hours per week 5 days out of 7 (including 1 day out to college) Straight shifts, including evenings and weekend.


30+ Hours per week 5 days out of 7 (including 1 day out to college) Straight shifts, including evenings and weekend.


Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 8SJ

Closing date:

31 Aug 2017

How to apply:

To apply for this position, the employer would like to you complete an appliaction via National Apprenticeship Service website, click on the apply now button for a link to the application.

Take your time to complete the form and ensure that you complete the form as fully as possible, answering all questions.  

Interview dates: TBC.

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