We’re Hiring: Job Position – National Culinary Chef Apprenticeship Programme Business Development Executive 2023

On behalf of the Chef De Partie & Sous Chef Apprenticeship Programme Consortium Steering Group (CSG) the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) is recruiting a Business Development Executive to help grow this important new career channel in the hospitality and catering sector.  

This is a newly created role within the Restaurants Association of Ireland and the successful candidate will be offered an initial 6 month fixed term contract. The RAI is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to the continued development of team members and providing a supportive and rewarding working environment. 

While the RAI offices are based in Dublin 8, this role can be carried out remotely and will involve a certain amount of travel and meeting with employers and chefs in establishments around the country.

Reporting to the Chief Executive and Training Manager, this position offers an exciting opportunity in a people-focused industry.

Job Role:

  • To promote the Chef De Partie & Sous Chef Apprenticeship programme to employers, chefs and prospective chefs throughout the country.
  • To liaise with the lead service provider, MTU Kerry to maximise the participation in available courses throughout the country.
  • Help identify demand for additional courses as they arise
  • Promote registration of potential apprentices on the system
  • Assist employers and apprentices with apprenticeship registration process
  • Assist employers to understand and commit to the requirement under the Apprenticeship Code of Practice
  • Provide CSG and RAI with reports on employer and apprentice prospects, pipelines and progress reports.  

The successful candidate will have:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Aptitude for fostering positive relationships;
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic and driven;
  • Be capable of working on own initiative;
  • Effective presentation skills, report-writing skills, ability to draft correspondence;
  • A working knowledge of the higher education sector and providers in Ireland;
  • An understanding of the broader tourism industry training landscape
  • Knowledge of learning and development structures in the hospitality sector
  • Full clean driving licence and access to own transport essential


  • Background in hospitality industry and strong sector knowledge
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with various stakeholders within the industry.
  • Human Resource qualification

How to Apply:

Applicants are invited to email their CV with a cover letter (including salary expectations) in confidence to by close of business Friday 21st April 2023.

Canvassing will automatically disqualify. 

Short-listing will take place on the basis of the information provided in the application form. Depending on the qualifications and experience of applicants, short-listing thresholds may be higher than the minimum standards set out.

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