Chefs’ not spoiling the broth as South Essex College look for apprentices

THEY say that too many cooks spoil the broth, not so at South Essex College who are looking to recruit three new Catering Apprentices to their Hospitality Apprenticeship Academy this week at an event held at the Thurrock Learning Campus in Grays.

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, the Apprenticeship Awareness Event will be held on Thursday 9th February from 5pm to 7pm to help local people find out more about Apprenticeship options available in the area.

Current Apprentices will be on-hand talk about their own personal experiences with the qualification as well as employers from organisations including the College, the Royal Opera House and PetroPlus providing information on the Apprenticeship opportunities open to young people.

South Essex College is on the hunt for three 16 – 19 years olds interested in a career in the Catering industry to undertake an 18-month Apprenticeship.

Jonathan Greig, Catering Services Co-ordinator said: “We have three vacancies in our Hospitality Apprenticeship Academy so this event is the perfect opportunity to recruit young people interested in starting an exciting new career. At present we have around 20 Apprentices in the Academy but eventually we are hoping to expand to around 30. We’re looking for three people to start immediately so I’d advise anyone interested in a Catering Apprenticeship to come along and find out more.”

The full-time Apprentices will be based in Thurrock and rotate around working in the Coach House Café on the Royal Opera House Production Park, the Thurrock Council café and two catering establishments within the Thurrock Campus of College; fine dining restaurant, Waves, and the student cafeteria, Scoff. Apprentices will also spend one day every fortnight at the College learning key skills such as Maths and English as well as the theory behind Catering and Hospitality.

Jonathan continued: “The Hospitality Academy gives our Apprentices the opportunity to master their trade using outstanding facilities in real working environments, equipping them with the skills, education and experience that will effectively make them more employable because of the varied range of experience they will have gained.”

He added: “Applicants do not need to have previous experience in catering or hospitality but an enthusiasm for the industry is essential as well as being flexible, reliable and outgoing as Apprentices will work in a front of house role.”

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