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Chef Apprentice

Wharf, Dartford

  • 30 hour week contract
  • In the line with National Minimum Wage & excellent benefits
  • Apprenticeship programme

Shepherd Neame want to develop new talent and create the chefs of our future, so we have teamed up with Umbrella Training to create a bespoke apprenticeship programme and we are looking for a ‘Level 2 Chef Apprentice’ to join our team at the Wharf in Cotton Lake, Dartford, Kent.


Shepherd Neame have more than 300 pubs, inns and hotels across London and the South East, and we employ more than 1,000 staff across our estate, together with 267 employees at the brewery and head office in Faversham, Kent.


School leavers, career changers, those looking to retrain as a chef or simply anyone looking to kick start their career in the Kitchen. So long as you are passionate about food are motivated, committed and have great communication skills, we can teach you the rest!


This opportunity will see you learning the ropes in the kitchen under the guidance of your Head Chef, Sous Chef, Kitchen Team, General Manager and the Shepherd Neame Food Development Team.

Your Apprenticeship will last between 12-14 months and will consist of:

  • 70% on the job experience at the pub
  • 20% mentoring & coaching
  • 10% classroom, course & reading

Your programme of study will include:

  • Learning to support the running of a section, preparation of meat, fish, poultry, vegetables and sauces as part of the kitchen brigade at your pub
  • Learning to prepare fresh ingredients ready for service to Shepherd Neame quality standards
  • Training from a qualified chef lecturer in classical techniques
  • Expert-led masterclasses in a range of essential skills from butchery to pasta making
  • Group support at a monthly apprentice group meeting with a personal learning and development manager
  • Monthly culinary clubs
  • You will have a varied working week to include mornings, daytimes, evenings, weekends and some bank holidays, so you must be flexible in terms of working hours


Our aim is to attract, retain and develop the best people at Shepherd Neame which is why we offer you the following benefits;

  • 30 hour week contract during your apprenticeship
  • Pay rate in line with the National Minimum wage (above Government apprenticeship standard)
  • Paid breaks
  • Share of tips & gratuities
  • Possibility to earn more with overtime hours where available
  • All travel and training expenses paid for
  • Early wage withdrawal scheme (Wagestream)
  • Access to a Workplace Mental Health Platform offering proactive support for all areas of life (UNMIND)
  • Company pension plan
  • App for online rota management
  • 28 days paid holiday per year
  • The opportunity for a permanent job upon completion of your apprenticeship


In order to be considered for this opportunity please apply online with your CV now and we will contact you directly to invite you to our Interview Open day on Tuesday 28th September.