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
For the first time in its eight-year year history The Sage
Gateshead is looking to recruit three apprentice chefs to work in
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
"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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org