Commis Chef Apprenticeship

Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship Standard

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On the Commis Chef course, you will explore and understand the range of job roles within a catering operation. You will spend time on each different section in the kitchen, learning how to produce a variety of dishes in line with current food trends, religious barriers and customer life choices whilst developing your culinary skills using the appropriate techniques and equipment. We will help you develop your knowledge of food safety legislation and expand your understanding of the nutritional content of food and how diet benefits health. You will learn how to forge positive professional relationships and identify your own future development plan under the guidance of a workplace Mentor. 

The Commis Chef programme is a solid foundation on which to build your career as a chef with support and guidance throughout your learning journey.

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Our expectation is that all Apprentices should already possess English and Mathematics GCSE grade D/E, 2/3 or equivalent. However, we will consider applicants without these grades subject to an initial assessment with one of the Apprenticeship Team.

Day Release, one day a week at HSDC for taught lessons and four days at your place of work for on-the-job training and learning with a monthly visit from your Apprenticeship Assessor.

Typical Course Duration: 12 months & 1-3 months End Point Assessment period.

Apprentices are taught via a mix of classroom delivery, time in our professional kitchens, work-based learning/assessment and vocational “on and off the job training”.

Practical observation, culinary challenge, on demand test and professional discussion.

Level 3 Chef de Partie Apprenticeship or senior production chef role.

Opportunities may exist to gain professional accreditation in your chosen field post completion of the qualification. Your Assessor will support you with information on gaining professional accreditation. 

As we work with Apprentices that are already employed, if you attend our day release programmes you will mix with a diverse range of businesses with Apprentices in the same sector.

I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.

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