Heat is on in search for apprentice chefs

One of the North East's top music venues is searching for young people looking to cook up a new career as the next Nigella or Heston.

For the first time in its eight-year year history The Sage Gateshead is looking to recruit three apprentice chefs to work in The Brasserie.

The apprentices will be employed by catering contractors Elior. They will work alongside The Brasserie's head chef Stuart Bowman and study one day per week at Gateshead College.

Richard Bell, catering general manager at The Sage Gateshead, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for any young person who has a passion for food and wants to pursue a career as a professional chef.  

"We're looking to take on apprentices so that we have a progression route within the restaurant. We want to support our apprentices to become qualified and experienced chefs who will grow to be key members of The Brasserie's kitchen."

The Brasserie is the main restaurant at The Sage Gateshead and is run by a team of 12 staff  who cater for breakfast, lunch and evening meals. The apprentices will be required to work different shifts each week to suit the restaurant's needs.      

The apprentices will initially complete an Apprenticeship in Hospitality and Catering, which will take 12 to 18 months, before progressing on to an Advanced Apprenticeship.

The chef positions are among 12 new apprenticeship vacancies available through Gateshead College, including positions with Northern Stage, Northumbria Police, Sunderland City Council and production company Nitelites.

Other companies also looking for apprentice chefs are Mckennas at Northern Stage, Dave Kennedy's Food Social and Simply 2 Delicious in South Shields.

As an apprentice, young people generally work in paid employment for at least four days per week where they gain experience and learn the skills needed to take them forward in their career. They attend college for a half or full day every week to learn the theory, work on assignments and complete knowledge-based tests. 

Joanne Dodson, head of apprenticeships at Gateshead College, said: "We're delighted to have been chosen by The Brasserie at The Sage Gateshead to deliver its first catering and hospitality apprenticeship. The programme will provide an exciting opportunity for young people who are passionate about food and would like to learn in a busy professional kitchen.

"It is fantastic to see more employers realising the benefits an apprentice can bring to their business and the invaluable career opportunities they can give to a young person. We're now working with around 500 employers to help secure a future skilled workforce through apprenticeships."

For further details on The Sage Gateshead and other apprenticeship opportunities with Gateshead College visit www.gateshead.ac.uk/apprenticeships, call 0191 490 4636 or email apprenticeships@gateshead.ac.uk