Catering firm cooks up post for trainees

A catering and support services firm has joined the Press and Journal’s Apprentice 100 campaign after vowing to dish up top careers to a trio of young people.

ESS Support Services Worldwide – part of Compass Group – will recruit an apprentice chef and two business support trainees as part of our drive to create jobs for the next generation.

Apprentice chefs at ESS, which is a key supplier of catering services to the offshore industry, benefit from a tailor-made training programme.

As well as completing formal qualifications at college, they choose from a range of supplementary courses designed to help them master types of cooking they are passionate about, including pastry, seafood and Asian cuisine.

ESS business director, Ronnie Kelman, said: “When people are willing to become the best they can be, there’s nothing more encouraging for me than to be able to give them a chance.

“We’ve got a responsibility to give youngsters a start in the industry.”

One young person who has excelled at ESS is Gordon McKenzie.

Mr McKenzie, who joined in 2011 and now works offshore, won a gold medal at last year’s Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg.

Ronnie Kelman, Rachel Michie and Gordon McKenzie.

He said: “I was a blank canvas for the company when I joined. I’ve gone from someone who didn’t know how to use a knife to competing at a cooking competition in Luxembourg.”

Apprentice chef Rachel Michie, 18, is aiming to follow Mr McKenzie’s lead and notch up some trophies of her own.

And she has made a great start, having won an award at Compass Scottish Junior Chef of the Year 2014.

She said: “I always did cooking in school and knew it was the only thing I wanted to do as a career. I really enjoy getting to do new things every day.”

The apprenticeships will be advertised on the jobs section of the Compass Group website at

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