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Trainee Kitchen Team

Location: Chelmsford
Company: Pizza Express
Contract type: Permanent
Hours: Full time
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Perhaps you’ve always dreamed of working in a kitchen, or maybe you’re looking for a career change, or a chance to learn to toss pizza like a pro. Whatever your background, if you join us we can open up new opportunities, teach you fresh skills and, with the help of our expert trainers, help you get to grips with our award winning pizzas.

We offer fully paid training, the chance to learn all areas of our kitchen to find the best place for you, and accredited qualifications.

You might decide to progress your career through our kitchen team, into Management, or this could be a job to fund your studies, balance homelife commitments or support another passion. Either way; if you love pizza, you’ll fit right in!


We offer age related hourly rates (as below) and, in some cases they vary by location (in Jersey for example) so please ask at your interview. With plenty of ways to progress your career into senior kitchen, supervisory or management roles there’s lots of opportunity to earn more and plenty of benefits too!

  • £9.20 per hour when you've completed your training. Under 23 £8.36 per hour during your training. 23 and over £8.91 per hour during your training. Plus gratuities split 50/50 between our waiting and kitchen teams*
  • We offer Wagestream – a money management app that gives you power over your pay in real time. You can stream up to 40% of the money you’ve already earned and track your money throughout the month
  • Treat yourself and your friends with 50% discount (all drinks included)
  • Enjoy delicious free pizza on shift
  • Exclusive benefits portal, with discounts and more across online and high street shops
  • Refer a friend scheme – £200 for kitchen team & £1000 for managers
  • 28 days paid holiday (pro rata)
  • Uniform provided
  • Fully paid training, learn on the job
  • Want to progress? Fancy an Apprenticeship or to become a Manager? Just say it and we are on it
  • Wellbeing support for you and your family, including for financial, legal and mental health
  • Plan for the future with company pension contributions
  • Life assurance – we obviously hope you won’t need it, but it’s there just in case

We’re proud of every one of our team members, and we value the unique story that each of us brings. Our diversity makes us stronger, and we believe that sharing and supporting what matters to us helps to break down the barriers that stop us all from truly belonging and connecting. Inclusivity and respect are at the heart of our business and are valued by our teams, customers and suppliers. PizzaExpress and Milano is a place where everyone is welcome, and everyone belongs. As such, we assess each application on the aptitude to do the job and nothing else.

*Tronc, or credit and debit card gratuities and service charge, is a fair way to pay Tronc tips to our teams. All Tronc tips go to you, our team, with the amount split 50:50 between our kitchen and waiting/front of house team. All tronc payments are made at the end of each pay period, along with your normal pay. This sits outside your contractual benefits, and is one of the best perks of working in the hospitality sector.

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