Apprenticeship Positions

Electrician, Peterborough (BGL Group)

Our departments role within the organisation is to maintain the operational effectiveness of the Group’s buildings. This remit is understandably large and includes diverse responsibilities, such as receptions, restaurants, bus services, site security, emergency electrical generation and air conditioning to name a few.

• Work under the guidance and supervision of a qualified Electrician and Mechanical and Electrical Supervisor

• Provide maintenance support to Mechanical & Electrical team

• Repair and maintain basic electrical services and some mechanical services

• Assist and shadow the Electrician, with duties throughout the BGL site

• Carry our installation of new electrical services

• Attend college, in accordance with the Electrical apprenticeship


Desired skills

You will have excellent communication skills with the drive to contribute to a team

You’re highly logical with creative problem solving skills

Personal qualities

You’re naturally self-motivated with an appetite and commitment to learn

You have a passion for Facility Management.


Desired qualifications

You must have 5 GCSEs Grades A*-C, or the new grades 4-9 including Maths & English language (or equivalent).


Things to consider

Successfully complete a colour vision assessment.

Apprenticeship-apply-nowReference: BGL

Early Years Teaching Assistant, Stamford (Copthill School)

Monday to Friday, Hours between 8:00pm to 6:00pm, 40 hours per week. 46 weeks per year. Starting £3.70 per hour and will be reviewed quarterly

  • Total hours per week: 40.00

Vacancy description


You will be responsible for supporting staff with the care of children with regard to their physical, emotional and educational needs whilst working effectively as part of a team Duties will include:

● Adhering to the policies and procedures and ensuring all children are offered equal opportunities in relation to the equality and diversity act

● Working with the Nursery and Pre school teacher on planning and preparation of activities, to meet children’s individual needs

● Liaising with parents ensuring effective communication within the nursery and pre school

● Keeping and maintaining of children’s development records and observations

● Positive management of children’s behaviour

● Preparation, care, cleanliness and maintenance of the classrooms, outdoor areas and equipment

● Providing a good role model for children and helping them fit in to Nursery

● Keeping and updating accident, incident and risk assessment records

● Supervision of meals and mealtimes and where appropriate

● Nappy changing and assisting with toileting

● Assisting with mealtimes, food preparation and feeding

You will also be required to help with the general housekeeping and tidying as well as completion of any necessary paperwork. You will be expected to attend staff meetings/training as required.

Desired skills

  • Strong commitment to providing a high standard of quality care for the children
  • To be able to take direction from senior staff members
  • Good communication skills and ability to work as part of a team


Personal qualities

  • A friendly approach to everyone
  • A sense of responsibility
  • Warm, caring and patient nature
  • Sense of humour
  • A consistent and fair approach
  • Creative
  • Happy disposition


Desired qualifications

Minimum English and Maths GCSE grade C or above


Apprenticeship-apply-nowReference: Copthill

Professional Cookery, Spalding (Manna Coffee Shop)

We are a relatively small family run business, we have the farm shop, with the coffee shop attached. Although it is not a large establishment it does get very busy.

Vacancy description

Preparation of main and dessert food items

Plan and preparing food for the specials menu

Assist the chef during busy times and work independently

Ordering supplies

To assist with general kitchen cleaning and hygiene

Pot washing


Working week

36 hours 6 days a week Monday – Friday and one day at the weekend 6 hours a day Some days will be 8 – 3 Some days will be 10 – 4


Desired skills

Must be able to work as a team

But also work independently

Be physically fit and healthy

Eager to learn new skills and offer different ideas.


Personal qualities

Friendly and outgoing

Good people skills

A quick learner and able to take instruction

Well presented


Desired qualifications

5 GCSE’s at grade 4/C or above including Maths and English

Apprenticeship-apply-nowReference: Manna Coffee

Professional Cookery – Spalding (Ship Inn)

Vacancy description

  • Day to day prep
  • Putting deliveries away
  • Planning the menu
  • Deep cleaning the kitchen
  • Fish preparation
  • Helping during service

Desired skills

  • Clean & tidy
  • Punctual
  • Hard working
  • Keen to Learn

Personal qualities

  • Respectful
  • Courteous
  • Using own initiative
  • Working as part of a team

Desired qualifications

GCSE grade C maths & English preferable but not essential

Future prospects

For the right candidate we will work in moving you up to a higher position when you complete your apprenticeship.


Training to be provided

Intermediate Level 2 Professional Cookery Apprenticeship

Professional Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Employee Rights and Responsibilites (ERR)

Functional Skills as required (English and Maths)


Apprenticeship-apply-nowReference: Ship Inn

Professional Cookery – Oakham (The Vaults)

Vacancy description

  • Preparation and correct storage of starters, main courses and dessert/pastry items.
  • To assist the head chef/sous chef during busy service times.
  • To work independently at certain points of the day (with a reduced menu in place)
  • To assist with kitchen hygiene/cleaning schedules
  • To be able to create new dishes which may be added to the specials

Desired skills

  • Basic knife skills
    Hygiene- we take pride in the cleanliness of our kitchen and expect high standards of kitchen hygiene at all times.
  • Basic knowledge of the preparation of different food items (e.g- basic starters, mains and desserts)

Personal qualities

  • Calm under pressure- we understand that kitchens can be a very stressful environment, the ability to keep calm during busy periods is important- especially when left to work independently at certain points of the day.
  • Good time keeping- this is an important skill for any potential candidate to have. We will not tolerate late chefs unless there is a genuine reason. Time keeping is also important to ensure that all preparation is completed ready for the day.
  • Willingness to learn- in our opinion this is the most important trait a candidate can have.

Desired qualifications

No experience needed. If you’re lacking confidence in the kitchen and have never had a job in the industry then we are willing to train you as long as you have the correct attitude.


Future prospects

Potential for full time employment. There is also a chance to work at the other 2 establishments linked to this business (Don Paddys and The Falcon Hotel). Both offer different menus and will help to learn new catering skills.

Things to consider

The shifts you will potentially be working are long and the kitchen is very small. There is usually time in the day to have a break and we provide free staff meals.

Apprenticeship-apply-nowReference: The Vaults

Professional Chef Apprenticeship – Stamford (William Cecil)


Have you genuine passion for cooking & looking for your first full time position in a dynamic kitchen under a talented head chefs with a wealth of knowledge? Be part of an awesome team & learn your craft with in a 2 Rosette environment.

You will be working along side our team developing your existing skills. The ideal candidate will be looking for a new challenge in a fast paced fresh food environment. You will be:

  • Motivated & energetic in a quality kitchen.
  • Well organised, have a creative outlook and a real interest in getting involved.

Typical duties:

  • Primarily supporting in our larder section.
  • Supporting our more senior chefs on breakfast, lunch & dinner service.
  • Supporting our chefs to achieve their daily mise en place.
  • Supporting our chefs to prepare staff meals.

Apprenticeship-apply-nowReference: VAC001328835

Professional Chef Apprenticeship – Stamford (Coach House Inn)


We are seeking an enthusiastic and passionate apprentice chef to join our team at The Coach House Inn. Very Good Rates of Pay!! Up to 40 Hours a week on varying shift patterns to include evening work.

Full Requirements of this job can vary slightly but will include

  • Good timekeeping
  • Can arrange own transport to and from work
  • Must complete this job in conjunction with accredited college course

Day to Day tasks will change but you will

  • Work cleanly & organise your section
  • Work breakfast service occasionally
  • Lunch & evening service
  • Prepare & cook all forms of meat, fish, vegetables, sauces & desserts
  • Make varieties of fresh bread
  • Learn to refine your presentation to match the quality of the food you prepare
  • Work with speed and precision to produce the result

Your responsibilities as an apprentice would be limited, however there are certain expectations:

  • To comply with food regulations
  • To come to work in a clean state with full clean uniform
  • To communicate well with other team members
  • To complete all jobs you are assigned to the best of your ability
  • To show respect to your colleagues
  • To complete all tasks that will be required in relation to your college course

Apprenticeship-apply-nowReference: VAC001326569

Professional Chef Apprenticeships – Oakham (Barnsdale Lodge)


An exciting opportunity to join the team at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel as an apprentice chef. Overlooking the beautiful Rutland landscape or the picturesque courtyard, our kitchen brigade provides fine dining using many ingredients sourced from the wealth of fine produce found in our locality, and from our own vegetable and herb gardens.

  • Learn different procedures of food preparation
  • Prepare ingredients for dishes upon the instructions of the chef
  • Make sure that food supplies are stored properly and used resourcefully
  • Ensure that food items are properly rotated in refrigerators and any near expiry ones are dealt with accordingly
  • Set up food stations by following chef’s orders
  • Make sure that recipes are followed properly during food preparation and cooking time
  • Handle portion control requirements and presentation standards
  • Arrange food items aesthetically on serving plates
  • Make sure that the kitchen is clean and organised at all times
  • Ensure that best food practices and kitchen hygiene protocols are adhered to
  • Make sure that all leftover food is stored properly
  • Assist in checking food deliveries for both quantity and quality standards
  • Provide input into stock rotation activities and make sure that food inventory is in check
  • Maintain a “clean as you go” work ethic

Apprenticeship-apply-nowReference: VAC001323860

Hospitality Apprenticeship – Uffington (Bertie Arms)


An exciting opportunity to join the new team at The Bertie Arms as an apprentice working front of house. The pub is located on Bertie Road in Uffington, serving the local community.

Your day to day duties will include the following:

  • Work as a hands on member of the team, communicating with the kitchen.
  • Show enthusiasm and passion for delivering exceptional levels of customer care with an approachable and friendly manner.
  • Assist in maintaining the tidiness and cleanliness of the front and back of house areas of the pub.
  • Assist in preparations and set-up for events.
  • Have the ability to work under pressure and multitask.
  • Have the ability to work under own guidance.
  • Have a positive “can do” attitude.
  • Possess a smart, pristine appearance to adhere to the our presentation standards.

Apprenticeship-apply-nowReference: VAC001319331

Apprenticeship News


What will I study as an apprentice?

A set of separate qualifications called a ‘framework’ make up the Apprenticeship, as this is not a qualification in its own right. Frameworks usually consist of three components – an NVQ, Functional Skills, and a Technical Certificate, and are set by standard setting bodies that represent employers’ needs, called Sector Skills Councils. As an apprentice you will take tests for technical knowledge and be assessed by an occupational competent assessor in your workplace.

New Apprenticeship Standards are currently being developed and are slowly replacing the current frameworks. The new Standards will have rigorous end point assessments (EPA) that are independently administered to verify the competence of the apprentice.

What qualifications do I need to become an apprentice?

The ability to complete the programme and determination to succeed are the most important attributes for a potential apprentice. General ability in English, Maths and ICT will be assessed by New College Stamford. For example, for an Automotive Apprenticeship you will need to pass the SelectorAhead assessments before commencing your programme.

However, as a general guide, the following qualifications are required as a minimum:

  • Intermediate (Level 2) Apprenticeship: 2 GCSEs A to D Grade or equivalent e.g. NVQ Level 1.
  • Advanced (Level 3) Apprenticeship: 5 GCSEs A to C Grade or equivalent e.g. NVQ Level 2.

What can I expect to be paid as an apprentice?

The Government’s minimum wage rate for apprentices is £3.50 per hour. The rate applies to:

  • Apprentices under 19.
  • Apprentices aged 19 and over but in the first year of their Apprenticeship.

However, this is only a minimum hourly rate. Employers are encouraged to pay more where possible.

Further information can be found at GOV. UK here

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships have many advantages, here are just some.

  • They get paid, which means that they will be earning and learning.
  • The learning is delivered by a combination of attending college and learning at work – a good mix for those that do not want to remain in the classroom all day.
  • They will receive recognised qualifications including NVQs, Functional Skills (or GCSE) and a Technical Certificate.
  • They will be trained to do a job – and learn skills they can apply to real situations which they can use in the future to ‘hit the ground running’. They will also have a reference from their original employer that will support any future job applications.
  • Employers will often support their staff to study for higher qualifications such as HNC, HND, and Foundation Degrees so the apprentice can continue to study and work at the same time. This will help them avoid the costs that Full-Time undergraduates can face. However, there are some disadvantages to Apprenticeships – Studying at a higher level can take longer with some Apprenticeships – but this should be offset against the debts incurred with Full-Time study.
  • Some young people would prefer to learn in an academic environment not the workplace. Not every occupation can support Apprenticeships and they may have to take the academic route instead.

How can I apply and gain an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships should not be considered an easy option, and there is competition to gain one. You will need the following:

  • The right qualifications and job opportunity (particularly for an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship).
  • To be aged between 16-23 years ideally – although older students can apply and be accepted for an Apprenticeship. At level 3, the 19+ Advanced Learning Loan may be a better option for more mature students.
  • An employer that is willing to take you on – although we can offer help with this in some instances.
  • A willingness to learn and succeed, and a flair for the area that you are applying for.

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Apprenticeship Funding

Age 16 to 18 are fully funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). No employer contribution required.

Age 19 and over are only part funded by the SFA. An employer contribution towards training and support costs may be required.