Become an Apprentice

The Fifteen Cornwall apprentice programme aims to be a life changing mix of training, working, self-development and fun. Yes, we’ll push you but we’ll open your eyes to so many great things including amazing food, a chance to visit Italy, hands-on training from professional chefs, trips to visit our suppliers and a truly inspirational environment to work in.

The Fifteen Cornwall Apprentice Programme is a work-based, hands-on chef training programme, with lots of really great things added in. You will visit our suppliers for souring trips, gain work experience in some of the country’s top restaurants, have the opportunity to go to Italy and enjoy the perks of working on a beach.

You will get paid the national apprentice wage of £3.50 per hour, we will also pay you tips and provide you with free transport to & from work, as well as a free college bus pass.

Our welfare support programme is there to help you with any challenges you may face inside or outside of the kitchen, working with you to help you succeed. This challenging yet inspirational course is aimed at young people who are in need of a second chance, to gain qualifications and who are looking to start an exciting new career.

Steven Daniels, 24 from Newquay, graduate and Apprentice of the year – Cohort 9:

“Before Fifteen I was doing nothing. By doing the programme, I hoped to get a career, find myself and be more confident.  

Everyone at Fifteen is really nice and the course is set up really well with all the sourcing trips and the welfare stuff during the summer. It’s made me a lot more confident and has given me opportunities to get work; I literally would never even have gone for an interview before. My family and my mates are really proud– they like telling other people what I’m up to.

I’ve learnt that I can open up and be confident and that I can stand on the front of an open kitchen and cook food and not worry about it or be too scared. Coming into the restaurant was a massive scary thing for me, I managed to overcome it and now I’m smashing it!”

(Steven took up work experience at Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa in London at the end of his course in 2015 and was offered a full time job at the end, where he worked until he returned to Cornwall to rejoin Fifteen Cornwall, but this time as a professional trainer chef.)

See a year in the life of an apprentice