Apprentice chef receives extra helpings with City Council grant

Press Release: 01/02/2013

(L toR) Winchester City Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Robert Humby with Harry Millar, apprentice at The Chesil Rectory in Winchester.

Harry Millar, an apprentice chef at The Chesil Rectory restaurant on Chesil Street in Winchester, is celebrating having recently received an apprenticeship grant from Winchester City Council.

Harry, aged 19, from Winnall, works at the historic Winchester-based restaurant, which has won a string of accolades for its great British menus and use of local produce.

Harry said:

I am so grateful to Winchester City Council for giving me the grant which I spent on some fantastic equipment including chef’s whites and a set of professional kitchen knives. It is brilliant to be working at one of Winchester’s finest restaurants and I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship, learning loads and I feel part of a great team.

Restaurant owner, Mark Dodd, who encouraged Harry to take up a chef’s apprenticeship, added

We are really pleased to have Harry in the kitchen brigade and we were delighted to discover that Winchester City Council’s apprenticeship grant scheme is very simple and straightforward.

Cllr Robert Humby, Deputy Leader of Winchester City Council and Portfolio Holder for Strategic Planning and Economic Development, said

I started my career as an apprentice engineer. Apprenticeships enable the apprentice to gain basic work and life skills in addition to the technical expertise in their chosen subject. Apprenticeships can also make your business more effective, productive and competitive by addressing your skills gaps directly, even in uncertain economic times. Winchester City Council is keen to support young apprentices, such as Harry, who are just starting out on their own career paths.

The Council’s scheme involves allocating grants of up to £1,000 to apprentices to cover some basic costs which might otherwise be difficult to finance. These range from a simple set of work clothes to the cost of travel to the work place or training venue each week.

Applicants must live within the Winchester District and the grant can potentially be used for any cost to the employee of taking on their apprenticeship which is not reasonably met by their wages, benefits, training provider, employer or other grants.

To find out more about Winchester City Council apprenticeship scheme download the criteria and application form at or contact Alison Woods at Winchester City Council on 01962 848 347 or email