A chance to work in catering on the menu

An Aberdeenshire retirement community has served up another pledge for the Press and Journal’s Apprentice 100 campaign.

The Inchmarlo, near Banchory, is looking to add an apprentice chef to the existing five-strong kitchen team.

It comes a day after we revealed that our campaign had successfully reached its target of creating 100 apprenticeships in as many days.

Part of Skene Group, the Inchmarlo centres on the B-listed Inchmarlo House, a Georgian mansion which was turned into a care home in the 1980s.

Since then, about 200 houses have sprung up throughout the grounds.

The candidate will be signed up for an SVQ Level 2 qualification, most of which will be completed in house.

head chef Colin Davidson

Head chef Colin Davidson said whoever gets the job will be trained in the basics, as well as certain skills that many restaurants overlook, such as baking.

Mr Davidson said the Inchmarlo never orders in deserts, cakes and tray bakes – they are all prepared from scratch on the premises.

The trainee will also get a chance to do bar service if they are old enough.

Mr Davidson added: “It’s a nice place to work. It’s not a strict regime. You can come out and speak to people – you’re not just stuck in the kitchen staring at the four walls all the time.”

Julie Mackenzie, Inchmarlo’s director and general manager, said the business firmly believes in the importance of bringing in young people and developing the required skillsets.

Ms Mackenzie said: “Apprenticeships allow us to provide the expert care and standards our residents expect while at the same time provide the much needed entry point for young people into the profession.”

Apply to become an apprentice chef at Inchmarlo by sending a CV and cover letter to: info@inchmarlo-retirement.co.uk

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