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Chef de Partie Apprenticeship

The Chef de Partie Apprenticeship is an ‘earn and learn’ degree programme that combines on-the-job training with academic study in a Technical University.


A Chef de Partie is trained to

• deliver advanced culinary skills in a professional kitchen
• supervise a particular area or station within the kitchen
• work on their own as well as train Commis Chefs


This programme is designed by industry and academic professionals so you will learn the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary for a successful career that will take you anywhere in the World.

The Chef de Partie Apprenticeship programme is designed to expose you to a wide range of culinary skills and ideas and allows you to not only learn how to do something, but understand why it is done a certain way.

It combines classroom training with hands-on practical skills development in the workplace. You follow a structured path of learning to build your knowledge and skills from a basic to advanced level. Your work-based mentor will monitor and help you progress through the apprenticeship and you will learn how your college based learning links to your everyday working environment.

Benefits of the Programme

  • Allows you to work and earn while getting to achieve a qualification.
  • Gives you time to develop and enhance your skills and techniques with a mentor.
  • Provides you with a wide range of career opportunities in any type of food business.
  • Opens doors to career progression from Chef de Partie to Sous Chef and Head Chef.

Cost: €1500 + Uniform & Knives
Structure: 2 days per week in college during term time

1Fundamental Culinary Skills10
Fundamentals of Patisserie5
Food Safety & Culinary Science5
Learning at Third Level5
IT for Culinary Professionals5
2Culinary Skills Development10
Developing Patisserie Skills5
Introduction to Food & Beverage Service5
Nutrition & Diet5
Workplace Communication5

Cost: €1500 + Uniform & Knives
Structure: 2 days per week in college during term time

3Planning a Culinary Event10
Plated Desserts5
Classical Cuisine5
Exploring Food5
Applied Food & Beverage Costing5
4Apprentice Led Culinary Event10
Creative Plated Desserts5
Principles of Garde Manger5
Contemporary Cuisine5

Cost: €750 + Uniform & Knives
Structure: 1 days per week in college during term time

5Classical Culinary Practice5
Applied Culinary Management10


Advanced Pastry Arts5
Food Photography & Social Media5
Food Product Innovation5

Cost: €750 + Uniform & Knives
Structure: 1 days per week in college during term time

7Advanced Pastry Art & Design5
Food Product development with Enterprise10
8Contemporary Garde Manger5
Food Study & Applied Research10

Chef de Partie Apprenticeship Programme Structure

4 Years – 8 Semesters

Delivery is based on a 12-week semester and it will be as follows.

Level 7 Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts on completion

  • Achieve a Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts – Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications
  • ‘Earn and Learn’ – work and earn whilst gaining a professional qualifications
  • Combines on-the-job training with academic study.


Chef De Partie Apprenticeship

With Craig Lynch, form the Ballygarry House Hotel

What our graduating students say:

Can Anyone Apply?

Yes anyone can apply whether you have no kitchen experience and want to try a new career or if you are a more experienced chef your time in industry may see you with an advanced entry.

Applicants must have a pass in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent examinations, obtain a minimum grade 06/H7 in English, and O6/H7 in four other subjects

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Mature Applicants – Assessed through the Department

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A full QQI FE Level 5 Award

How to Apply

Contact our team on apprenticeships@rai.ie and contact number is 087 352 0670. We will assist you in your application process. For further details see Generation Apprenticeship

Click the links below to access additional materials:

  • Apprenticeship Application CV Template
  • Chef the Partie Apprenticeship Brochure
  • Apprenticeship Code of Practice
  • Generation Apprenticeship Website

Chef de Partie Apprenticeship

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