The Chef de Partie Apprenticeship is an ‘earn and learn’ degree programme that combines on-the-job training with academic study. The Chef de Partie is trained to deliver advanced culinary skills in a professional kitchen, to supervise a particular area or station within the kitchen and to work on their own as well as training Commis Chefs. The programme is designed by industry and academic professionals so that students learn the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary for a successful career that can take them anywhere in the world. The programme combines classroom training with hands-on practical skills development in the workplace, linking college based learning with the everyday work environment.
The Commis Chef Apprenticeship is the starting point for a career as a professional chef. It’s a formal structured two year education and training programme incorporating periods of off-the-job knowledge and skills development in a college or centre and work-based knowledge and skills development in an approved hotel or restaurant kitchen. During this time, apprentices will develop the underpinning theory, science and culinary skills in a college or centre and refine and perfect these competencies to a professional standard while working under the direction of qualified and experienced chefs in the kitchens of SOLAS approved hotels and restaurants.
Year 1 & 2 €1,500 each and Year 3 & 4 €750 each.
In addition, a €60 fee for the necessary work uniform is required.
Apprentices will gain the knowledge and skills to prepare, cook and present a wide variety of commodities and dishes to a professional standard. They will:
- Gain internationally recognised qualifications
- Continue to earn while they learn with an employer of their choice - Earn and Learn Model
- Enrich their work immediately as they acquire new skills
- Enhance their employment prospects and career opportunities
How to become an Apprentice
The Commis Chef Apprenticeship is aimed at aspiring chefs who have a keen interest in and creative flair for cooking.
As with all career choices, it’s advisable to find out as much as possible about the work of a professional chef before deciding it is the right career for you. The best way of doing this is to talk to chefs about their work and spend some time in busy hotel or restaurant kitchens to see what the work entails.
To become an apprentice you must obtain employment in an approved hotel or restaurant kitchen. The employer must be approved by SOLAS to train apprentices and must register you as an apprentice within two weeks of recruitment.
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