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Commis Chef (L2) Intermediate Apprenticeship


Type: Full Time

Subject: Hospitality and Catering


Start Date: Please contact the Information Centre for start date information

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

15 months


Level 2

Who is it for

If you already have an employer and wish to apply for the Apprenticeship Course Click Apply Now!

Are you looking to start a career in catering?
Do you have a creative flair and passion for food?

A Commis Chef is the most common starting position in many kitchens and in principal the most junior culinary role. A Commis Chef prepares food and carries out basic cooking tasks under the supervision of a more senior chef. The primary objective of the Commis Chef is to learn and understand how to carry out the basic functions in every section of the kitchen.

Anyone living in England, over 16 and not in full–time education can apply.

Interview Skills Assessment

All candidates will be invited to a pre interview and initial assessments in English and Maths with the Apprenticeship Recruitment Officers.

What will I need

Entry requirements of GCSEs at grade C/4 and above including English and Maths.
A suitable supportive employer who will guide you through your Apprenticeship. Vacancies are advertised on our website ––vacancies/

What is covered

Apprentices will learn the necessary skills required to be a successful Commis Chef including:
•Principles of basic food preparation and cooking
•Food safety standards, practices and procedures, and personal hygiene standards
•Stock checks, stock control and waste management
•Setting up, preparing and cleaning their working environment
•Identifying commonly used knives and equipment and their specific uses
•Team working and developing working relationships
•Preparation for Independent End Point Assessment

Apprentices are expected to attend college 1 day a week as part of 20% off–the–job training. Additional off–the–job training hours are expected to be completed within the workplace.

How is the course assessed

Coursework and practical observations with an End Point Assessment.

What can this course lead to

Qualified Commis Chef's often progress into Chef De Partie roles or Senior Production Chef roles within large kitchens. This role can lead to various careers in different kitchen across the world.

Are there any additional costs

Learners may need to purchase uniform and/or equipment depending on the employer.

Other details

Reality check!
As an Apprentice you will work long hours which will include weekends and evenings. You will be working in a hot kitchen environment and will spend the majority of time on your feet and should enjoy working as part of a team. An Apprentice will work on average 30 hours a week, this may vary throughout the year dependent on seasonal trends and workloads.

An employed status apprentice will:
• Earn a wage – the national minimum wage for apprentices is £3.90 an hour for under 19 year old and over 19s in their first year of apprenticeship, although many of our apprentices earn more than this
• Get paid holidays
• Receive training
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