Chef Apprentice

Chef Apprentice

19 Feb
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19 Feb

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What you’ll do

It’s not just our engines that need fuel, our people do too. As a Chef Apprentice, you’re the person who provides it, with three square meals every day. The nutritious food you provide will keep your crewmates going, so they can keep our ships moving. Alongside the Head Chef you’ll learn all about high-pressure, high-volume cooking, as well as gaining skills in fine dining. From day one you’ll be travelling the world, using new ingredients and experiencing things you’d never encounter in a civilian apprenticeship.


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I wanted to learn my trade as a chef, and travelling the world has always appealed to me. Now I get to combine the two. I’d never even heard of some of the ingredients I get to use.

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The role

- Start your professional cookery career by learning how to use a variety of ingredients and styles. You’ll work under the guidance of an experienced Head Chef, creating varied menus for the entire crew.

- Outside of the galley, you’ll have crucial duties to perform as part of the ship’s company, including firefighting, first aid, and being a member of the damage control team.

- Unlike most civilian apprenticeships, you’ll have real responsibility from the day you start, working in challenging environments all over the world. The ship’s galley is hot and hectic, so you’ll need to have a calm temperament at all times.

- It’s your job to make the ship feel like a home from home for your crewmates. Many of them will be at sea for months at a time and will look forward to the food you cook, whether it’s Friday Fish, or dinner for a social event.

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

- Gain an NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery

- MCA certification that is financially supported by the RFA

Skills you'll develop

- An in-depth knowledge of high-volume, high-pressure cooking

- The ability to manage stores and ingredients, while creating interesting menus for a ship’s company

Pay and benefits

- A starting salary of more than £15,000

- Earned Voyage Leave (EVL) of 7 days for every month spent on board ship

- Membership of a Civil Service Pension scheme 

- World-class training

- Potential to travel the world

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On completion of your Apprenticeship, you may be offered a full Company Service Contract as an Assistant Cook

What you'll need


- You’ll need to be aged 16, there's no upper age limit

- No qualifications are required for this role

- Applicants must be British, Irish or Commonwealth citizens. However, a number of career paths have nationality restrictions. Dual Nationality will be considered providing the first nationality is British. Note: Residency restrictions may apply

Skills and interests

- A passion for food and hospitality

- Great at working as part of a team

- First-class communication

- A sense of adventure

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