Modern Apprentice Commis Chef

Cooking to Success

Kaysey was looking for advice on opportunities when she left school and was referred to an Employability Fund training course with Skills Exchange. After a successful interview, she started in August 2019. While with Skills Exchange Kaysey expressed an interest in hospitality and was keen to work and gain experience in a kitchen. Skills Exchange has a close working partnership with Lanarkshire Catering School and arranged for Kaysey to meet Rita Kelly, their Training Manager, who was recruiting for a Modern Apprentice 2 Commis Chef position with Citation Taverne and Restaurant in Glasgow’s Merchant City. Kaysey was offered the position, started her Modern Apprentice Level 2 training in Professional Cookery SCQF Level 5 and has not looked back since. Feedback from tutors at Lanarkshire Catering School and her colleagues at Citation is always positive.

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Rita Kelly the Training Manager with Head Chef Colin McMeechan and Kaysey

Rita Kelly – Training Manager – Lanarkshire Catering School
“Kaysey came over very well at our initial meeting and showed enthusiasm and willingness to learn. A real benefit from our partnership with Skills Exchange is that they put forward the right candidates, having discussed career options with the young people and prepared them well for the interview. After a short work trial with Head Chef Colin McMeechan, himself a graduate of Lanarkshire Catering School in 2010. Colin has recently gone back to the Catering School to complete Supervisor Training.

Head Chef Colin McMeechan says “Kaysey has a great relationship with all the team at Citation and is a great asset herself to the team ‘’.

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Kaysey busy in the kitchen

Kaysey’s comments on working in the hospitality industry ……….
Asked for her favourite part, “making deserts and the chat in the kitchen”
Least favourite part, “being on your feet all day, unsocial hours, missing going out with friends”

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