Apprentice Trainee Chef – THAI LEISURE GROUP (LS1 4AG)

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We have 16 restaurants, happy to have up to two apprentices per site so they can buddy up and support each other. Leeds being the focus and starting point.


The expected working days will be 5 days out of 7 with varied start and finish times (including college) therefore flexibility will be required. There will be opportunity for overtime when the business requires.

The main responsibilities in this role preparing food, cooking food ensuring that all food is of excellent quality, cooked to spec and served in a timely manner. Following health and safety regulations is a must, enforcing safety and sanitisation standards in the kitchen at all times. Taking stock of ingredients and equipment, and placing orders to replenish stock with the head chef. Open to receive positive and constructive feedback to better performance, make improvements and enhance as an individual.


About the Employer

Thai Leisure Group (TLG) is proud to be the UK’s only national multi-brand Thai restaurant group. Founded in Leeds in 2004, we now have three amazing brands across 16 restaurants. Our team have a shared a passion to continually improve what we do, and we are proud to feel part of one happy, inter-connected, multicultural family. We work each day according to our four core values:

  • ‘Ow Jai Sai’ (meaning ‘caring from the heart’)
  • ‘Ha Dao’ (meaning ‘five star’)
  • ‘Samakee’ (meaning ‘teamwork’)
  • ‘Sanook’ (meaning ‘fun’)

Not only are we rich in flavours, we are rich in our values, and we also have a rich history that we are very proud of.

Things to Consider

All posts are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Please review the current Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW):

Training to be Delivered

Apprenticeship and Training Details:

You are required to attend a pre-selection interview at Leeds City College before an employer interview.

13 months training then 3 months End Point Assessment

Mode of delivery:

Hospitality Team Member (Production Pathway)

By the employer, whilst working alongside your colleagues and college one day per week. Hospitality Team Member Level 2 Intermediate

Length of Programme 15 months (inclusive of 3 months end point assessment) Mode of delivery: day release at the Printworks campus.

All hospitality team members must have the following introductory knowledge:

  • Understand what hospitality means the culture of the industry and why delivering a customer experience to meet and exceed customer’s expectations is so important to hospitality businesses
  • Appreciate the importance of hospitality behaviours such as personal conduct, being adaptable, using initiative and communicating with a diverse range of people
  • Know the range of businesses and establishments that make up the hospitality industry, their differences and similarities and the variety of job roles and progression opportunities that are available

All hospitality team members must have the following core hospitality knowledge, skills, and behaviours:

  • Customer
  • Business
  • People

First line supervision / Team leading

They must then select from one of the following specialist functions:

  • Food and beverage service
  • Serving alcoholic beverages
  • Barista

Level 1 functional skills in maths and English must be achieved prior to gateway and the learner must also attempt their level 2 maths and English exams.

Functional skills does not apply if the apprentice already holds a grade A-C/9-4 in both English and maths.

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Vacancy Details

Apprenticeship Level

Level 2

Working Week

Monday - Friday 7am to 3pm

Weekly Hours


What You Need

Desired Qualifications

Ideally grade 3 (9-1) in maths and English. However, we will support the right candidate to achieve these qualifications.

Personal Qualities

Real opportunity to grow in a fast past moving company. Candidate must have a strong passion and pride for delighting people with food. All training and development will be provided.

The right candidate will have a strong desire to learn and develop, taking on feedback and willing to absorb information everyday. This role is a great for an individual wanting to move into the back of house industry and widen their food skills and knowledge.

Future Prospects

Opportunities for progression will be available and cross training in multiple sites to experience our different restaurants will also be available. A flexible working attitude is essential, all of our sites are commutable distance from train stations and in city centre locations. We are really passionate about living our values everyday.

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Leeds City College