River Cottage Apprentice scheme

River Cottage Apprentice Scheme

Gain a professional cookery level 2 apprenticeship with us and give yourself the best possible start to your career in food. This unique and nationally celebrated programme involves successful applicants completing 24 training days, over the course
of 12 months, at River Cottage HQ with professional Chef Tutors.

When not attending the sessions at River Cottage, you will be working
at some of the best restaurants and hotels across the new forest.

The combination of training, working and in-business tutorials is what will enable
you to gain your qualification. This programme is free of charge to all applicants
who meet the eligibility criteria.

What we give you

A full set of knives, chefs whites and shoes. Travel to and from river cottage hq and accommodation for the nights away.


What do I have to do other than attend the training and work in a partner business?

You will have regular coursework that needs to be completed. There is also testing throughout the process.


What happens when I finish the apprenticeship?

After you successfully navigate through your first years apprenticeship you will have the option to complete a further 12 months with River Cottage and complete an advanced apprenticeship. You will also have the option to secure permanent employment within new forest hotels.


Eligibility criteria for funded apprenticeship

Be between the ages of 16 – 23 for free placement, although any age can apply.

Dedicated to pursue a career as a chef.

Have the appetite and desire to see the programme through, from start to finish.

Not in any other form of education.

Can work a minimum of 30 hours per week in the business you are placed.

Attend 24 days training at River Cottage HQ, Park Farm.

Complete monthly coursework on time and to the best of your ability.

Be flexible, hardworking and prepared to work some evenings and weekends.

You are eligible to work in the UK.

You have been a resident in the UK continuously for the last 3 years.




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