Apprenticeships are a popular choice for people aged 16 or above looking for on the job training and the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification
A Commis Chef is the most common starting position in many kitchens and in principle 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 learning journey of any chef will vary considerably from one individual to the next; however it is necessary to understand and have experience in the basics that this role provides in order to progress to any future senior chef role.
The Commis Chef Level 2 apprenticeship is for learners working in a wide range of hospitality settings across the service and commercial sectors.
To gain the full apprenticeship standard you will need to complete the following qualification(s)/End Point Assessment: • Apprentices will need to complete Functional Skills in English and Maths at Level 1 • Successfully complete the End Point assessment, which involves an online test, practical observation and culinary challenge. Apprentices will be coached/mentored on their skills, knowledge and behaviours in the following areas:
Individual employers will identify any relevant entry requirements in terms of previous qualifications, trainability tests, or other criteria. Ideally candidates will have English and Mathematics at Level 1(minimum) or GCSE grade 3 or above.
All applicants applying for an apprenticeship will be required to complete a Skill Scan and undertake initial assessments before the start date.
Apprentices will need to complete their relevant functional skills in English and Maths before their End Point Assessment. Assessment targets will be set to ensure timely completion of the apprenticeship.
In addition to the assessment 20% ‘off-the-job’ training is incorporated throughout the apprenticeship and is planned and agreed with the employer, provider and apprentice. In agreement with the employer, provider and apprentice, provided that all qualifications and assessments are completed, the apprentice will undergo an End Point Assessment involving an online test, practical observation in the work place and a culinary challenge observation.
Career development will be dependent on your employer but through this apprenticeship, apprentices can could progress to a senior chef role.
Erin and Jensen enjoy the vocational study offered by the College. “It’s quite varied – we do pastry, main kitchen and some theory. We learn quite a lot,” says Erin. “It’s practical. There’s not too much theory work,” Jensen states. Read more