Business KS3 / KS4: apprentice chef for a day

15 year-old Ellie tries out being an apprentice chef for a day.

Ellie gets some helpful advice about how to choose a career from a leading careers mentor, Aimee Bateman.

Ellie finds out what employers are looking for from one of Britain’s top chefs, the two Michelin-starred, Michael Caines.

Ellie also shadows 18 year-old Aidan Robinson and speaks to him about his job as an apprentice pastry chef and what the training involves with Michael’s successful restaurant group.

An apprenticeship can be a terrific way into a job, to earn while you learn and can offer a real alternative to University for many young people.

With school students now having to stay in full time education or training until the age of 18, this clip provides plenty of useful advice to those who may benefit from a vocational education setting.

This is from the series: Apprentice for a Day

Teacher Notes

Careers and PSHE staff can discuss what pupils need to know about apprenticeships, e.g. what they are, what employers are looking for, how to find out if an apprenticeship would suit them.

They can discuss with pupils how to weigh up the pros and cons of choosing an apprenticeship over other career pathways.

The clip shows that pupils need to actively choose and manage their careers, e.g. by asking questions and planning ahead.

They can come up with a list of questions to ask a careers adviser, an apprentice and an employer about apprenticeships in the sectors that interest them.

Pupils can research apprenticeship vacancies and other useful information on the National Apprenticeship Service website at and sites such as

They can look at information about different types of jobs on the National Careers Service website at

For specialist advice and information, they can contact the careers adviser in their own school.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Business and PSHE Citizenship at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4/GCSE, in England and Wales and Northern Ireland

Also at 3rd and 4th Level in Scotland.

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Apprentice plumber for a day
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