How do I become an Apprentice?

To become an apprentice in Ireland you must be hired by an employer.

Approach your potential/ employer and ask them to register as an apprentice employer.

Apprenticeship employers are formally approved by SOLAS in advance of employing apprentices. Apprentices get a formal contract of employment as part of their apprenticeship.

To find an apprenticeship, you can search apprenticeship vacancies on the Apprenticeship Jobs page. You can search for vacancies by location and by apprenticeship.

Your local Technological University may hold details of employers seeking to employ an apprentice.

Full eligibility criteria for the Chef de Partie Apprenticeship is available in the  Chef de Partie Employer Information Handbook.

Full eligibility criteria for the Sous Chef Apprenticeship is available in the Sous Chef Employer’s Handbook

How will an Apprenticeship help me in my career?

Apprenticeship is a fantastic way to get started in a career, gaining practical, on-the-job experience and skills while gaining a BA / BA (Hons) in Culinary Arts, which is a level 7/8 on the National Framework of Qualifications and is recognised internationally.

What should an Apprentice learn?

By the end of the Apprenticeship, individuals will be able to:

  1. Understand the principles of food preparation and cooking; traditional and modern cuisine; taste; allergens; diet and nutrition to produce dishes and menu items that meet business and customer requirements.
  2. Understand food safety practices and procedures to ensure the safe preparation and cooking of food in line with food safety legislation.
  3. Implement classic and contemporary cookery techniques in line with current international trends.
  4. Examine and apply a wide range of management competencies applicable to the culinary industry.
  5. Deliver advanced culinary skills in a professional kitchen, assisting to train fellow chefs.
  6. Identify how the business strategy, customer profile, culture and constraints influence the development of creative, profitable and competitive menus/events.
  7. Understand the principles of profit and loss, and support the overall financial performance of the business through operating efficiently to reduce wastage and deliver profit margins.
  8. Create multi- media and marketing strategies for optimum business exposure and promotion.
  9. Assess development, and business opportunities in culinary arts industries in relation to different sectors and countries.
  10. Demonstrate technological awareness and the ability to utilise appropriate technology for professional use and business development.

What should an Apprentice learn?

  • Apprentices are assessed on an ongoing basis throughout their apprenticeship.
  • Modular assessments take place during the off-the-job training phases. These assessments incorporate course work, standardised practical assessments and theoretical assessments.
  • During the on-the-job training phases, the apprentice’s competence is assessed by the work based mentor and employer.

What is the Cost of the Apprenticeship?

Apprentices complete their off-the-job training in a Technological University, for which they are required to pay a student contribution.

The amount payable is a proportion of the annual student contribution for students attending a full-time course in higher education. The student contribution is paid directly to the higher education institution over the four years.



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