The Dial serves up apprenticeship success


13 February 2017

The Dial Restaurant in Burton on Trent is celebrating the success of its apprenticeship scheme, run in partnership with Burton and South Derbyshire College, in advance of National Apprenticeship Week (6th-10th March).

The popular restaurant, renowned for its high standard of food, is now looking for a candidate with a passion for the catering industry to be its next apprentice chef. 

Over the last 15 years, the restaurant has employed around 30 apprentices, and currently has eight chefs who have been or are going through the apprenticeship system, including two senior level chefs.

Its experienced team of senior level chefs support and train apprentices to cook a full fresh food menu. The restaurant’s head chef, James Reeves, sets very high standards and has a great track record of producing outstanding chefs. 

Owner of The Dial, James Weeks commented: “With an increasing culture for dining out, trained chefs are highly sought after. Taking on apprentices allows us to seek out the emerging talent in the industry and train them up to our high standards from the very beginning. I believe that being a chef can be a highly rewarding long-term career option; three of our chefs have worked with us for over 15 years. We pay our chefs well and control their working week, introducing systems that provide a good work life balance, so that the team can perform to their best. We have found our partnership with Burton and South Derbyshire College to be very successful and we have grown our team on a foundation of apprenticeships.”

Former apprentice turned chef de partie, Henry Parker added: “After completing my Level 2 and 3 apprenticeships at 18 years old, I was offered a full time job here as a chef de partie. I really enjoy the job and the extra responsibilities it involves. I feel confident in the role and the team can trust me to do my job well. I am now in the position where I can pass on my skills and train other people. I am so glad I chose an apprenticeship; I wouldn’t be anywhere near as good of a chef now if I hadn’t taken the opportunity. You get to learn your skills from experienced chefs and earn a wage at the same time.”

Those interested in applying to be the next apprentice at The Dial can find details in the apprenticeship vacancies section of Burton and South Derbyshire College’s website www.bsdc.ac.uk/apprenticeships.

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