1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Apprentice chef and my role includes Helping with the preparation and delivery of food. Using the allocated red room to prepare the fresh meet needed the next day. If the waiting staff are overrun on a really busy day i help keep the pile of dishes clean.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
i have massively improved my communication skills as it is such a key part to working within a team. i am also better at allocating myself tasks and completing the at an appropriate time so that he kitchen continues to work smoothly. I always have been able to work well under pressure but this experience has improved my dealing with stress during busy lunch hours more successfully.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy the program as it has given me the opportunity the actively learn about an industry i already had an interest in. it balances learning and working perfectly for me because it means i can earn money whilst getting a qualification, meaning i can further myself and my knowledge within cooking.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It is very well organized i have regular meetings to help discus my online work and training is both kept up to date and that i understand what i am doing properly. alongside this my general manager often checks up on how well i am progressing and keeps in touch with the other people involved with my learning so everyone is in the loop about what i need to be doing or have done.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive plenty of support from my employer. he often asks me how im finding the course and if i have had any questions he will happily answer them. if i dont know how something needs to be done with something like if i was sick or how to book time off all i need to do is ask and i get the answers i need.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
I have regular meetings where i have learning plans set up for me to do in between meetings. T hey are also helping prepare me for tests that i will have to complete. i have their number that i can text or call if i need help with anything so i have more than enough opportunity to get in touch if i need support with an activity i need to complete
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
It helps me learn new knowledge that i may not necessarily have the time or resources to learn during working. having a qualification means i can progress withing the industry and shows i have enough knowledge to safely complete the jobs i need to do. It also helps to solidify anything i may have learned during the day as it gives me the opportunity to revise and reflect.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
Not that i am currently aware. there is a social media page for all the employees to be a part of so if anything were to be organized everyone would be able to get all the information needed. it also makes it easier for someone to organize doing an extracurricular activity if they wanted to.
9a. Would you recommend Mitchells & Butlers to a friend?
They are very helpful and helped me feel confident to complete this apprenticeship. all the learning and help set in place means if i find it difficult i have many different people or ways to get it sorted quickly and efficiently. They don't over complicate any of the tools or information given to you so you wont feel overwhelmed by any of the activities you need to do.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Mitchells & Butlers?
Just try to be yourself when applying and don't be afraid to ask any questions you may have but also make sure you have to motivation to do the learning outside of your shifts you will be given. Although its not too difficult that doesn't mean it inst hard work you need to put the time and effort into completing this course and so far it has already been very rewarding.
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