Cooking up new career opportunities

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Cooking up new career opportunities
We’ve opened applications for 25 budding cooks to join our chef apprenticeship programme.

Our 35 managed pubs, inns, and hotels across the South West include sites such as the Pedn Olva in St Ives and the Chain Locker in Falmouth. 

Applicants do not need to have any experience – all they need is a positive attitude, a passion for food and a desire to forge a future in this fantastic industry. They will learn hands-on, practical experience in the kitchen alongside talented experienced team members, working to create delicious dishes with high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. Apprentices will also enrol on an academic-based course to help them develop the skills needed for a successful career in the world of food. 

As an independent family-owned business with 170 years of heritage, we’re passionate about delivering excellence and creating memorable experiences. We recognise that exceptional team members are what make this possible, which is why it is committed to finding and nurturing talent, offering brilliant training and long-term career development opportunities. 

We’re proud to say that our apprenticeship scheme won the BII NITA (National Innovation in Training Award) for ‘Best Apprenticeship Programme’ in 2017 and has been shortlisted for the award since. 

We don’t believe in paying apprenticeship rates, so successful applicants will be paid a minimum of £8.36 per hour, or national living wage if they are over the age of 23. Apprentices also receive a 30% discount on food and drink, and 50% off accommodation. On completion of the 12-month apprenticeship, they will have the opportunity to move into a permanent role.

Kevin Georgel, Chief Executive of St Austell Brewery, said: “Our pubs, inns, and hotels are go-to destinations where good times are celebrated. We are passionate about delivering great hospitality and making sure that every one of our guests receives a warm welcome and enjoys excellent food and drink. Our people are at the heart of making this happen and a talented chef team delivering brilliant food is so important to our guests’ experience. Joining our family business as an apprentice chef is a unique opportunity to work at some of the South West’s top kitchens and learn from truly talented individuals.”


Brandon Penwarden (20 years old) now works at The Hicks Bar, part of St Austell Brewery’s Visitor Centre. In 2019, he was awarded Apprentice Achiever of the Year at the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards.


Brandon said: “I have learnt so many new skills during my apprenticeship, with the support of my colleagues at St Austell Brewery, as well as my tutors at Truro and Penwith College. I am nearly finished on my course now, and it is really rewarding knowing that I will be able to go straight into a full-time role at the Visitor Centre once I have finished my course.”


To find out more and to apply for St Austell’s apprenticeship programme, which works in partnership with colleges across the South West, visit The closing date for applications is 25th October 2021.