Apprentice Commis Chef - Compass (Heathrow Airport)

31/01/2019 14:01
Do you have a passion for cooking and would love a career as a chef? Would you like to earn whil you learn? Well now is the time, as Compass Group has a very exciting opportunity for an Apprentice Commis Chef to join its team at Heathrow Airport.

Over a 12 month period you will be trained to become a fully qualified commis chef.

You do not need to have any experience as full training will be provided as part of the apprenticeship. This is ideal for a school leaver or someone wanting a career change. Apprenticeship are for everyone regardless of age!

Job Introduction

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a funded programme where an individual learns new skills, knowledge and behaviours in a chosen sector. An apprenticeship will enable you to work and earn a wage whilst developing and gaining new skills as an employee.

Alongside your day to day duties, you will complete the Commis Chef Level 2 Apprenticeship. This is a nationally recognised qualification and the primary objective of the commis chef is to learn and understand how to carry out the basic functions in every section of the kitchen.

You will be supported through this qualification by your personal development coach who will visit you at your place work every 6-10 weeks.

You will also attend 6 workshops, including an introduction day at a location outside your normal place of work.

All travel expenses will be covered by your employer. You are not expected to complete any of your apprenticeship work outside of your normal working hours and will be given set time each week to complete your work.

  • Location: Heathrow Airport, London 
  • Duration: Minimum 12 months
  • Salary: Will start at National Minimum wage and will increase to London Living Wage on 1st April 2019


Main Responsibilities

  • Our chef teams vary in size, from single chef sites to up to 8 chefs working in a team
  • We follow project 2020 menus, which are a company template offer for lunch through to dinner.
  • Our busiest outlets will provide up to 1,000 covers for lunch (most units average around 150+ meals)
  • All dishes we cook are supported with in depth recipe cards.
  • Our recipes are broken down and graded into chefs skills from level 1 Chef, (Commis and Apprentice); level 2 chef, (Chef de Partie); and Level 3 (Snr Chef de Partie). We also complete competition work and serve hospitality menus which provide broader training skills development.
  • Breakfast is also an important meal, and can see as many as 200 transactions
  • You will learn how to prepare, cook and assemble menus aligned to client environment with centrally driven menus.
  • You will learn to follow set portion control and ensure all food is purchased in the first instance from our preferred list of supplies.
  • You will learn to ensure all food is stored, handled and packed at the correct temperature and in accordance with Food Handling and Hygiene Regulations.
  • You will learn to maintain records of temperatures and remedial action taken where necessary, reporting all issues to your line manager
  • You will learn to serve on the food counters in the client’s premises following all customer service standards where there are chefs theatre counters.
  • You will learn to use machinery as shown and be trained to ensure equipment is used safely and in accordance with legislation, and reporting of equipment issues to your line manager
  • To ensure that work areas are kept clean and that all waste is recorded and disposed of correctly.
  • You will learn to be competent and skilled to work in all areas of preparation, cooking and counter service (chefs theatre)
  • You will ensure the quality and presentation of the food is to the highest standard and specification.
  • You will ensure the quality and the presentation of hospitality catering is to the highest standard
  • You will attend and comply with any training by brands, health and safety, food safety etc.
  • You will ensure you comply with current dress and personal hygiene regulations.
  • You will be responsible for monitoring and recording, day to day production schedule of each menu item.
  • You will be mentored by the aviation executive chef
  • Initially you will not work on your own and you will be given the opportunity to work in various kitchens on site in order to gain experience
  • This role involves shift work over 7 days, 6.00am to 1pm, 1pm to 8pm, 7.00am 3.00pm


The Ideal Candidate

  • Strong interest in food
  • A positive attitude and committed to developing yourself 
  • Flexibility - hours are varied, as are the days, so we are looking for people who are adaptable and understand the business need.
  • Must pay good attention to detail and takes a sense of pride in their cooking
  • The role is conditional on being able to clear security checks - airports are secure environments. To work with us you must be over 16 and have 5 years continuous references (which can include schools and education). We can help you gain required evidence to support any gaps.
  • Able to clear a DBS check-we, will support you through gaining airside passes

The Compass offer

  • We offer you the opportunity to be part of a fun and exciting team, where you have the opportunity and support to develop and progress your career.
  • We offer more than the National Apprentice Minimum wage. For all our apprentices, we offer the National Minimum Wage.
  • We have supported hundreds of people in further developing their career through an Apprenticeship. Take the time to look through our careers website so you can see for yourself how completing an Apprenticeship with Compass continues to make a positive impact.

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