Work at The School of Artisan Food

The School of Artisan Food is dedicated to inspiring and helping people from all walks of life to learn about healthy, sustainable and delicious food. We offer a wide range of hands-on courses taught by world-class tutors, in a unique environment within the grounds of the beautiful Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire. 

The estate surrounding Welbeck Abbey is steeped in history. Its striking expanse of parkland heads across the park to the offices and the estate houses some very impressive buildings.

We are part of  the Welbeck Community and we work alongside consultancies and technology companies, creative and artisan businesses, food producers, publishers, designers and artists.

The unique location offers all the benefits of easy access to the larger cities and towns of Sheffield, Chesterfield and Nottingham and is only a 15-minute drive to both the M1 and the A1.

If you would like to join The School of Artisan Food team, working within an inspiring environment, please follow the links to apply for a vacancy, which can be found in the job descriptions below.

The School of Artisan Food

Catering Technician - Part-Time

Love food? Then this job could be for you…

An exciting opportunity is available for an individual with experience of the food industry to join the dedicated team at the award-winning School of Artisan Food (SAF).

Based on the Welbeck Estate in North Nottinghamshire, SAF is a unique training provider, attracting students from around the world to a wide range of food production courses.

SAF is a registered charity and as a not-for-profit institution, is committed to providing the widest possible access to its facilities.

The School has a vacancy for a Catering Technician to support the catering team in the delivery of the School’s lunches.

This position is a fantastic opportunity for individuals with an interest in artisan food production to further their career, in a fascinating, fast-paced environment.

Job role and purpose

To contribute as part of the SAF team in the delivery of high-quality of food for our full-time, short-course customers, along with staff members.


•    To produce meals for customers, students and staff.
•    To follow all current food safety guidelines in accordance with procedures.
•    To constantly review working practises and inform the Operations Manager and Catering Lead of any improvements that could be made.
•    To be responsible for the safe storage and labelling of supplies, in compliance with food hygiene standards.
•    To produce a selection of produce, such as jams, chutneys and other items for use in catering.
•    To be able to use a variety of ingredients produced from the SAF garden and other local suppliers working with fresh seasonal produce.
•    To enforce the School’s health & safety procedures within the training room and kitchen and ingredient stores; to support the management team in the promotion of a safety culture that is understood and adopted by both staff and students.
•    To maintain open and effective communication with all students and staff at the School.
•    To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed.

Qualification and Skills Required

•    Experience in producing meals to a high standard.
•    Working knowledge of health and safety and food hygiene practices.
•    An interest in artisan food and drink with a good level of technical skill.  An understanding of artisan food production would be an advantage.
•    Able and willing to work as part of a team.
•    Organised and efficient; able to handle several duties simultaneously, prioritising effectively as appropriate.
•    Confident, with good communication and interpersonal skills.

SAF is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all communities.

Apply in writing with a CV with a covering letter including salary expectations to

Closing date: 30th November 2023


Volunteer - Horticulture Vegetable Gardener

The hours are flexible depending on the volunteers availability, however, would ideally be 2 days a week.

Overview of the role:

We are seeking a skilled and passionate Sustainable Horticulture Veg Gardener with knowledge of the No-Dig Method to help us grow and maintain our vegetable garden, which promotes sustainable practices. As a volunteer gardener, you will be responsible for planting, maintaining, and harvesting vegetables using the No-Dig Method, which involves creating a garden bed without disturbing the soil's natural structure. This position requires a self-motivated individual who can work independently while adhering to sustainable gardening practices.

Key tasks:

• Prepare garden beds for planting using the No-Dig Method, which involves layering organic materials on top of the soil instead of tilling.
• Plant, weed, water, and maintain vegetable crops according to seasonal planting schedules and best practices for the No-Dig Method.
• Establish and maintain a composting system which supports our small worm farm.
• Communicating with our charitable partners who support SAF with the veg garden.
• Monitor the garden for pests and diseases and take appropriate measures to control them without synthetic chemicals.
• Harvest crops and ensure that they are stored and distributed appropriately.
• Maintain garden equipment and tools, ensuring they are in good working condition.
• Keep accurate records of garden activities, including planting dates, crop yields, and pest management strategies.
• Follow all School of Artisan Food policies and procedures.
• Report any health & safety or safeguarding concerns to the appropriate person.

About you:

• A passion for sustainable gardening practices.
• Knowledge of the No-Dig Method of gardening.
• Ability to work independently and follow established gardening practices and procedures.
• Physical ability to perform the role’s duties, including bending, kneeling, and lifting.
• Excellent communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with other volunteers.


• A character reference (from someone outside of your immediate family).

Benefits of volunteering:

• Delicious and nutritious lunch when students are in residence, for free!
• Opportunity to make a meaningful impact on promoting sustainable gardening practices.
• Opportunity to work in a beautiful garden and contribute to a positive community atmosphere.
• Opportunity to develop and hone gardening skills and scope to enrol in a Level 3 Horticulture course.
• Regular supervision to help you reach your professional goals.
• Being part of a work team which operates in an amicable, positive and enthusiastic environment.

Impact of your role:

• Creating an outdoor educational environment for others to learn about where food comes from and the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables.
• Ensure the efficient running of day-to-day tasks.


Regular 1:1 supervision.

You will have a primary contact throughout your time volunteering.

SAF is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all communities.

For more information or to apply, please contact the school directly on: