Fresh Olives

The Chef Apprentice Award from Entier

An exciting and realistic first-class experience into the catering industry and our business – all earning while learning.

Creating our talent pipeline

One of Entier’s key strategic objectives is to continue to provide our people with the highest standard of training and development opportunities in our Sector in order to maintain our exemplary retention rates.

As part of this strategy, we are very proud to have created a credible talent pipeline for tomorrow through our ‘Fresh Olive’ Apprenticeship Programme. 

Fresh Olive Programme

Our management training programme

In the catering industry, we are very aware of an ever-increasing ‘skills gap’ and so to tackle this, we have developed a unique Management Training Programme which will provide our Fresh Olives with an exciting and realistic first-class experience into the catering industry and across various parts of our business. 

The key objective of our Management Programme is to develop our Fresh Olives - both culinary and office support - into becoming confident, competent and professional individuals who will become our Managers of tomorrow.

We believe it is important to educate all of our apprentices on the importance of knowing how our business works, and how our supply chain works, which is why we encourage experiential activities and trips for ALL of our Fresh Olives.

The key areas of learning within the 3 year programme includes the following:

  • The 'front line'

    All Olives attend and support the Events side our business enabling an understanding of the importance of team work and communication on the ‘front line’. 

    Our apprentice Chefs will spend some time doing work experience in a local high-end restaurant or hotel to get an insight into different types of kitchen work.

  • A different perspective

    We ‘swap’ some of our Olives around e.g. move one from our Perthshire operation with one from our Aberdeen operation to allow them to see what the differences are in the different sides of our business.

    Our Chef apprentices will spend several nights away from home at high-class establishments throughout Scotland learning the ropes from other experts in our field.

  • The next step

    Olives will be exposed to further training and managerial responsibilities as a way for them to decide what the next step in their career with Entier is. They will also do work experience at local businesses to get insight in to how different companies and different sectors operate.

    Our Chef apprentices will do a full week's work placement at a high-class establishment nationally, to gain an understanding of how other businesses in our sector operate in high pressure environments.

Fresh Olive Activity Programme:

In addition to the planned activities within the 3 year programme for our Chefs, all of our Fresh Olives will also participate in several experiential activities as well as being allocated group tasks and social events including:

  • Supplier days
    Twice a year, all Fresh Olives will visit our suppliers to gain an understanding of the process involved. This year we have been to Peterhead fish market and Mcwilliams butcher’s abattoir. These will vary each year 
  • Foraging
    Foraging days in Comrie woods to source local wild produce.
  • Business project
    2 groups of Fresh Olives to work on a business project with the aim to raise money for our nominated charity  
  • Chef Demo
    Every quarter hold Chef demonstration days at the Entier Training Academy where our Fresh Olives will observe world-class Chefs such as Nick Nairn, or our own talented Chefs from across our business who have worked at Michelin star restaurants throughout the world
  • Fresh Olives Social Network
    Regularly, all Fresh Olives get together for the movies, bowling etc. accompanied by members of the management team, to build on an important relationship as our future generation of managers

Our Values

The Entier Values are key to our growing success, and our Fresh Olive programme is akin to everything that our Values represent. Our values of Family, ServiceCommunities and Quality are all instilled in our Fresh Olives from day one at their induction 



  • Family

    The Entier Family

    Placing people at the heart of our ambition.

  • Service

    Investing in the communities we operate in

    Sourcing local, sustainable, quality produce.

  • Communities

    Delivering a bespoke service

    Tailored for our clients' individual needs.

  • Quality

    Creating an exceptional food standard

    Enhancing the wellbeing of our customers and delivering memorable food experiences.

Our Fresh Olives

  • Shane Pirie

    I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted to do when I left school, but I always had a real passion for cooking, so when I went to the Entier presentation at my school, it sounded like the perfect option for me. I completed the 3-year apprentice programme to become a qualified Chef. Within my 3 years I got to learn more and more about Entier and the industry which made me want to work alongside our offshore Operations team. I have since completed my second qualification with Entier completing my SVQ in Management earlier this year, and work alongside our experienced Operations Managers as a Trainee Operations Manager. I love supporting the business onshore and going offshore and the opportunities for me are endless.  I can’t wait to see how my future unfolds within the Entier Family.

    Trainee Operations Manager
    Shane Pirie

Lesley Officer

Lesley Officer

Director of HR

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