Scarborough TEC Apprentices achieve new Commis Chef and Hospitality Team Member standard qualifications

Four Apprentices, all working in some of the region’s best-loved restaurants and cafés, have recently achieved the brand-new Apprenticeship standards which have been led by trailblazing employers and education providers to develop the knowledge., skills and behaviours required for a successful career.

Magdalena Lubaszewska from The Magpie Café in Whitby, Callum Barbour from The Star Inn at Harome and Elizabeth Myers, from Cedar Barn Farm Shop, have all successfully completed the Commis Chef standard with Ellie Mae Gavin, from Oliver’s on the Mount, completing the Hospitality Team Member qualification through Yorkshire Employer Services (YES), the Apprenticeship team at Scarborough TEC.

Louise Leadley, Yorkshire Employer Services (YES) Skills Assessor for Catering & Hospitality at Scarborough TEC, explained the “Apprentices attend college on a day-release basis and myself and Paula Truelove, Programme Leader for Hospitality, have designed the day-release elements of the programmes with the standards in mind, covering the skills, knowledge and behaviours that are required in a Commis Chef and a Food & Beverage server.

“The employers are then responsible for expanding on the aspects of the standard that are taught within College and, once the Apprentice has developed the necessary skills, they complete the end point assessment.”

Magdalena Subaszewska, 37, works at the famous Magpie Café in Whitby and having now achieved her qualification is planning on taking her studying even further with the Level 4 Culinary Arts programme, offered at Scarborough TEC through the Confederation of Travel and Hospitality.

Magadalena said: “During my Apprenticeship I worked alongside Head Chef, Paul Gildroy, also an ex-student of Scarborough TEC; to watch, learn and ask lots of questions. I got to work in a busy kitchen, learning something new every day from other Chefs and gained valuable work experience.

“I really enjoyed my Apprenticeship and would recommend it to anyone who dares to dream. As a Mum of two wonderful girls, and working full time, my dream of becoming a Chef seemed a bit unrealistic at the time. However, this Apprenticeship was my golden ticket to achieving my aspirations without compromising my family!”

“I was very lucky to have Louise as my Assessor. Her continued support and high expectations gave me, and the other Apprentices, the motivation and determination to build our self-confidence and achieve our goals. I am hoping to start the Level 4 Culinary Arts qualification next September and I am looking forward to it already!”