Apprentice Recruitment

Are you up for the challenge?

Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall at Watergate Bay is on the look-out for its next group of apprentice chefs to join the Fifteen Cornwall Apprentice Programme.

A series of events are to be held across the Duchy during October in a bid to find young people to train as the next generation of aspiring chefs.

The programme combines time spent at Cornwall College, work placements at other restaurants across the county, fantastic produce sourcing trips and, of course, cooking at Fifteen Cornwall under the guidance of a team of talented professional chefs.

Programme manager, Lyndsey Marshall said: “The Fifteen Cornwall Apprentice Programme is a fantastic opportunity for young people in Cornwall to develop an array of skills and knowledge in just over one year, whilst also gaining a long-term career.

“Becoming a trainee at Fifteen Cornwall means that you’ll be joining the Fifteen ‘family’, who will always be there to help and support you throughout your career. You can also expect bespoke welfare support, to help with any particular issues outside of the kitchen, should you need it. ”

Talking about the programme, Elizabeth Harbot, from Penzance who graduated in May 2015 said: “Fifteen has changed my life in a year. I wasn’t inspired at all, by anything, until I came here. Now I feel like I’m achieving again and I haven’t felt like that in a long time.”

Over 100 apprentices have graduated from Fifteen Cornwall’s Apprentice Programme which is now in its tenth year. Many successful graduates have gone on to land roles at some of the country’s best restaurants, both in Cornwall and beyond, including Paul Ainsworth at Number 6, Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa and The River Café.

To apply for the programme, applicants need to be living in Cornwall, be aged between 16 and 24, and currently not in employment, education or training. Most of all they will have an interest in food and be looking for a second chance to turn their life around. No previous experience is required.

The recruitment team will be visiting the following locations during October, and on hand to provide information and help with applications:

Penzance: 7th October, 10am – 4pm – Penzance Jobcentre Plus (book sessions through the Jobcentre).
Bodmin: 8th October, 10am – 4pm – Bodmin Jobcentre Plus (book sessions through the Jobcentre).
Wadebridge: 14th & 15th October, 10am – 4pm – Cornwall Careers Show, Royal Cornwall Showground.
Redruth: 21st October, 10am – 4pm – Redruth Jobcentre Plus (book sessions through the Jobcentre).
Newquay: 28th October, 10am – 4pm – Newquay Jobcentre (book sessions through the Jobcentre).

Apply online at – just click on the Apprentice Chef vacancy.

Alternatively call a member of the team on 01637 861000 (option 2) or to find out more. Recruitment is open now until 31st October 2015.

 “Becoming a trainee at Fifteen Cornwall means that you’ll be joining the Fifteen ‘family’, who will always be there to help and support you throughout your career.”

(Apprentice image credit: Beth Druce)


Notes to editors

Opened in May 2006, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall uses the magic of food to empower and inspire young people in Cornwall to become professional chefs. Owned by the Cornwall Food Foundation, Fifteen Cornwall aims to recruit 15-20 young people aged 16-24 each year to become the chefs of the future.

Cornwall Food Foundation inspires people in Cornwall through food to make meaningful change in their lives. An independent, registered charity it is best known for managing the Fifteen Cornwall Apprentice Programme and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall restaurant.

The Foundation also runs a successful schools programme which sees over 1,000 school children visit the restaurant and actively engages with 30 schools through the schools healthy eating programme. The Foundation is currently working on some exciting new projects that involve vocational training opportunities and engaging communities through food-related activities that focus on health, education and employment.

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