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Apprenticeship scheme open for applications!

Great news - our multi-award winning apprenticeship scheme is opening its doors to 60 new apprentices to start this September.


The River Cottage Chefs’ School, a multi-award winning apprenticeship scheme is opening its doors to 60 new apprentices to start this September. 

Completely free for 16 – 23 year olds but open to all ages, this opportunity combines on-the-job training across some of the South West’s top restaurants, hotels and pubs, while furthering skills at River Cottage twice a month. Apprentices will receive a salary from their employer throughout the 12 month programme.

Working with qualification provider City & Guilds, we have places available for NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 in Professional Cookery as well as Food and Beverage Service Level 2.

The scheme was written to give students the knowledge, skills, elite experiences, confidence and understanding necessary for the best possible learning experience.

Students are given the chance to participate in an array of high profile events and learning experiences in addition to the core requirements of the qualification.

Learners on the scheme will benefit from some of the best tutors available. Lead Chef Tutor Gary Richmond was recently awarded the Prince Philip Medal for his outstanding contribution to the hospitality industry. Our teaching team includes a culinary Olympic medal winner, Masterchef contestant and Michelin restaurant experience.

Gary Richmond said, 'The hospitality industry is tremendously dynamic and requires creativity, passion, energy and all sorts of personalities. In addition to training our learners to be competent cooks, we want them to have a fundamental understanding of produce. We discuss food culture, provenance, animal welfare, sustainability, food miles and waste within every lesson. At River Cottage we believe that food ethics and cookery comes hand in hand.'

We're proud to say that since we opened our doors in 2013, we've received numerous accolades for the quality of our apprenticeship scheme, including being listed in the UK's Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list, and recently receiving the prestigious Edge Foundation's VQ Employer of the Year.

Applications for our Young Person Apprenticeship Scheme are being considered until the 26 August, with the programme starting in September. Apply today on our website, email or call 01297 630313.