Chef Apprenticeship Programme

A re you looking to kick-start a culinary career and don’t know where to begin? You’ve come to the right place.

With a chef apprenticeship at St Austell Family Group, you’ll receive unrivalled training to give you all the tools you need for an exciting and successful future. Ready to apply? Fill in your details here and we'll be in touch.

Being a chef is more than just a job. It’s a passion that demands a high level of skill, imagination, and dedication to delivering experiences that delight. Crafting culinary magic is something of an art form, and it’s one of the most rewarding occupations around.

A common misconception about apprenticeships is that they are aimed at young people, when in fact they represent fantastic full-time career pathways for people of all ages – and pay a proper salary, with added benefits too. Here’s a little look at what you can expect from our chef apprenticeship course.


Training & progression

We work with an unrivalled network of education providers across the South West. Our apprenticeships link with colleges and businesses throughout the region, and we are committed to investing in our people, offering training and support at every stage of your career.

Once you become part of the family, there’s no end to the career possibilities. It’s common for people in our pub teams to switch departments, for example, they might take on a role at our head office. You’ll regularly find cross-functional growth opportunities across the company.


Practical experience

It doesn’t matter how much experience you have - you might have none at all - but you can be rest assured you’ll gain plenty on the course. Throughout the 12-month programme, you’ll work with experienced chefs in a fast-paced and fun environment, forming part of a close-knit, high-energy team. You’ll also learn and refine a wide range of cooking skills at off-site practical workshops organised by our training providers.

You’ll get to perfect your new skills when you get back to the kitchen. These practical lessons, coupled with the experience you’ll gain as part of a busy commercial kitchen team, will enable you to become a qualified chef.



Our apprentices get the same benefits as our experienced employees. This includes 30% off food and drink and 50% off accommodation at our managed pubs, inns, and hotels, as well as access to a range of health and wellbeing services. 


Stunning locations

Our pubs, inns, and hotels span some of the most picturesque destinations across the West Country – from the charming coastal havens of Cornwall to Devon’s idyllic rural retreats and the buzz of cities including Bristol and Bath. Whether you find yourself working in a pub nestled along a dreamy harbourfront, or a historic inn surrounded by swathes of lush green countryside, we’re sure the surroundings will help inspire your creative flair in the kitchen.

You’ll be cooking with fresh ingredients, sourced from a trusted network of local businesses, many of which are family-owned. The produce is a dream to work with and tastes even better on the plate.



We won the BII NITA (National Innovation in Training Award) for ‘Best Apprenticeship Programme’ in 2017 and have been shortlisted for the award since. Many of our apprentices have gone on to receive praise and recognition following their graduation. In recent years, Chef Apprentice Brandon Penwarden won ‘Achiever of the Year’ at the 2019 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards.

Find out more and apply

So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at our current chef apprenticeship vacancies and apply today, or email us for further information.

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