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Raymond Nazareth - Commis Chef, Bishopswood Golf Course

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A fantastic opportunity opened up for Raymond Nazareth when the Head Chef at Bishopwood Golf Course spotted his natural talent for cooking. Now, after completing a Commis Chef Apprenticeship with HIT Training, Raymond works full-time in the kitchen.

Raymond 44, from Basingstoke, is one of the first hospitality employees in the UK to successfully complete the new apprenticeship standards. He had been working front-of-house at Bramshill Police College in Hook, Hampshire when the chance to embrace a completely new career came his way.

Head Chef Neil Perkins explained: “Raymond had been helping me out in the kitchen at the Police College and I’d noticed that he had some good skills. When I took on the role of Head Chef at Bishopswood Golf Course, a vacancy came up in the kitchen and I immediately thought of him. He is very driven, which you need to have in spades to be a commis chef.  It’s not a role where you can just tick boxes. There needs to be a real passion in the kitchen, which Raymond has.

“I have worked with HIT Training for a number of years and have always been impressed with their commitment and the outstanding results they achieve with their apprentices. They have great attention to detail and a proven track record, so I knew they would be the perfect team to support Raymond with everything he needed to succeed in his new role.”  

With support from HIT Training, Raymond has not only gained a new qualification but the skills and knowledge to work in every section of the kitchen. Through a combination of on the job experience, online learning and practical workshops, Raymond has gone from novice cook to adept commis chef in just 12 months.

Raymond added: “I love cooking but never thought of doing it full time. It’s been a good journey and quite a learning curve but Neil and the HIT team have been there to support me all the way. 

“I’m looking forward to progressing my career and plan to do another apprenticeship. Now I’ve done the basics I want to learn some more in-depth skills. I love being a chef. I can’t imagine doing anything else; being in the kitchen is where I’m supposed to be.” 

HIT Training is the first national hospitality training provider to deliver the new apprenticeship standards, which are part of the Government-led overhaul to the apprenticeship system. The standards are designed to raise the bar and ensure training is in line with the requirements of the fast-paced hospitality industry and individual job roles.

Unlike the old apprenticeship frameworks, the new standards focus on one end-point assessment, which was carried out by Training Qualifications UK (TQUK) for Raymond. The new process is designed to be even more rigorous, with the final assessment being tailored to each individual apprenticeship. Across all standards, this includes a two-hour observation, multiple choice exam and interview to discuss the apprentices’ learning journey and past experiences. 


Testimonials

McMullen’s chose HIT as its sole external provider for Apprenticeships and vocational qualifications in early 2015 and since then we have found them a pleasure to work with.  Their expertise in this sector is superior and they have proven to be a professional and supportive partner who have a passion for learning and development, which matches our own organisation.

Amanda Walden – Training & Recruitment Manager, McMullen's

Encouraging our staff to improve their skills set and supporting them through apprenticeships and training programmes underlines our commitment to help them further develop their own careers. Offering the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship also gives the Brend Group a point of difference which I’m convinced will help attract new members of staff in the future.

Andrew Mosedale - Group HR Manager, Brend Hotels

Our partnership with HIT has certainly made recruitment much easier in a very difficult labour market and gives us a point of difference in an increasingly competitive environment.  Kew Green has also benefited enormously from well trained, skilled and competent staff who contribute significantly to the ever improving and high levels of customer experience that our guests expect and deserve.

Andrew Tregenza - HR Business Partner, Kew Green Hotels

Apprenticeships allow us to give people a great opportunity to develop a career with us and learn a skill or trade that will accompany them throughout their career and life. We see progression to the Level 4 qualification as key to our strategy of providing development at all stages of an employee’s career with Harrison.

Alex Taylor - Training Manager, Harrison Catering Services

We chose HIT as our training provider not only because of their specialist knowledge of the hospitality industry, but also because of their genuine passion for our brand and their understanding of our company culture. We believe that they can deliver our training to a very high standard whilst passing on our company ethos and values. Their attention to detail is second to none.

Charlotte Thoms, Talent Manager, Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group

There is a shortage of skilled chefs within in our industry at present and any organisation that truly believes in the value of training and development of bright future stars will enable themselves to be in a strong position for the years ahead. Investing in smart training and development is at the heart of what we do within WSH, so it has been refreshing to work alongside HIT within our Baxterstorey Chef Academy. 

Rik Razza - Head of Chef Development, BaxterStorey

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