Commis Chef Apprenticeship

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. Therefore having the opportunity to experience, consider and value each section with a view to choosing an area where they feel most inspired. 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.

Course Info
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Information for Applicants

What knowledge and skills are covered?

Skills covered in the Commis Chef Apprenticeship include:

  • Basic food Hygiene
  • Basic knife skills
  • COSHH
  • HACCP
  • RIDDOR
  • Food Storage and safety temperatures
  • How to work in a team under pressure
  • Menu Development and costs
  • Business requirements and needs
  • Identify the principles of basic food preparation and cooking; taste; allergens; diet and nutrition
  • Check food stocks, report on shortages, prioritise food that is close to expiry and keep the storage areas in good order
  • Preparation and cookery of Meat, Poultry, Fish and Vegetables
  • Gain a professional attitude to the high pressured environment
  • Use technology and equipment in line with training

What award will I achieve?

Commis Chef level 2 Acknowledgement for progression to the next level of Chef De Partie

What are the entry requirements?

Although some employers will set their own additional entry requirements, apprentices will need to be employed working full time in a kitchen brigade within an established Hotel, Café, Hospitals, Restaurant or Bar. Apprentices will also be required to have attained or will be working towards functional skills level 1 Maths and English or GCSE D or E or Grade 2 or 3 under new exam results 2017.

How often do I have to attend college?

Enrichment and college days will be a mandatory part of the course when required and will be determined post-application.

How will I be assessed?

  • This Qualification will be assessed within the workplace under the mentorship of your head chef and your team. You will receive regular face to face visits from one of our qualified industry veteran assessors, to measure your development and assess the tasks which that have been set between visits
  • Online multiple choice theory assessments

Quarterly Mock tests to support further development

  • On job training to also be deployed when required by assessor to enhance knowledge and skills of business menus and seasonal dishes
  • College attendance for functional skills

What can I do next?

Successful candidates may progress into full-time employment or apply for the Chef De Partie Apprenticeship to progress your skills and knowledge to level 3.

Information for Employers

How is my business going to benefit from an Apprentice?

How can I fit this apprentice into my business?

The apprenticeship scheme is a great way to employ and build your team to gain dedication, skills and knowledge to your company’s own standards. A commis chef can be utilised and developed into a very skilful member of staff who then can progress to manage sections or areas of your brigade.

Working with chefs at this fundamental level can allow for the retention of professionalism within your team ensuring that all standards are maintained throughout the kitchen.

What will this cost my business?

The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017 has changed the way that government funds apprenticeships in England. All businesses operating within the UK with a wage bill of over £3million are required to contribute to the Apprenticeship Levy.

  • If the levy applies to your business you will be required to pay 0.5% of your entire wage bill into the levy. This will be offset against a levy allowance worth £15,000 for each tax year.
  • You will only be able to use your levy payment for government backed apprenticeships.
  • Levy payments will expire after 18 months.

Speak to an advisor at CI Business Solutions on 01206 712727 to make your levy payments work for you.

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship.

Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee.

Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.

Speak to an Advisor at CI Business Solutions on 01206 712727 to make your levy payments work for you.

Does the apprentice have to attend college?

Enrichment and college days will be a mandatory part of the course when required and will be determined post-application.

How is the apprentice assessed?

  • This Qualification will be assessed within the workplace under the mentorship of your head chef and your team. You will receive regular face to face visits from one of our qualified industry veteran assessors, to measure your development and assess the tasks which that have been set between visits
  • Online multiple choice theory assessments

Quarterly Mock tests to support further development

  • On job training to also be deployed when required by assessor to enhance knowledge and skills of business menus and seasonal dishes
  • College attendance for functional skills

What about support in the workplace?

Apprentices will be mentored by your senior chefs within the kitchen brigade, supporting them in the development of skills and knowledge in the preparation and cookery of meat fish, vegetables and poultry within a five day, normal working week.

Supported in the development of working in a safe, hygienic working environment

Apprentices will be assisted by your head chef in the completion of your set targets every month that will be assessed by the assessor, upon their planned online or face to face visit

  • Online knowledge with access to videos to support all preparation and advanced cooking methods
  • Monthly face to face visits
  • Assessors with over 18 years of cooking experience
  • Hands on training supplied by assessors/ trainers
  • 12 month courses
  • Enrichment days and college days to enhance skills
  • Digital portfolios
  • Interview techniques
  • Functional skills teachers based within the college

Why should I choose Colchester Institute to support my recruitment and retention?

Colchester Institute is the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Greater Essex. We are experts at connecting the right people, to the right training, to the right business – and when it comes to Apprenticeships, our Apprenticeship Advisors can support your business every step of the way.

As part of our service we can support your business with:

  • Advertising the Apprenticeship vacancy
  • Manage the applications received in line with your individual requirements
  • Match prospective candidates already known to us
  • Conduct initial pre-screening for candidates
  • Carry out visits to your premises alongside regular reviews to support you, your staff and your apprentice
  • Advice on any grants or funding where available

Our team will provide:

  • A fee free recruitment service.
  • Personal 1:1 Apprenticeship Levy advice and guidance.
  • A dedicated Account Manager.
  • Industry experienced, professional, technical trainers.
  • Bespoke programmes available upon request.
  • An Essex priority skills focus.
  • Free employer events.

Looking for a new career, job or maybe a qualification to take your current role to the next level?

Previously apprenticeships were primarily aimed towards 16-18 year olds but government reforms introduced in March 2017 mean that there is no longer an upper age limit for commencing an apprenticeship, even if you already possess a degree or higher level qualification (all applicants must be eligible for funding).

To apply for an apprenticeship please read through the information below and then select the correct application button from the menu located further down the page.

Aged between 15 and 18

The application window for joint applications for full-time courses and apprenticeships starting in September 2023 opened on Monday 3rd October at 12pm.

In order to study an apprenticeship you must have an employer willing to take you on as an apprentice and have an offer of employment in place by September, ready for enrolment.

The information below applies to those:

  • currently in year 11 and looking to study on an apprenticeship upon finishing school
  • currently in year 11 and looking to make a joint full-time and apprenticeship application, so that both options are available to be pursued upon finishing school (although you can apply for both options you will eventually need to choose between a full-time programme or apprenticeship, you cannot do both at the same time)
  • currently in year 12* on a full-time course and looking to find an apprenticeship to start after the end of the summer term

If you are interested in an Apprenticeship but do not yet have a contract of employment from an employer, we strongly advise you to apply for a full-time programme as well so you have a back-up. We will process both your full-time application and apprenticeship application until you inform us that you have secured an employer and have an Apprenticeship contract in place, at which point your apprenticeship application will take priority.

If you do have an employer with an Apprenticeship contract of employment in place, we still strongly advise that you apply for a full-time programme as well so you that you have a back-up in case this falls through.

Once you have read the above please click the button ’15 – 18 Years – Apply Online’ in the menu underneath this section and you will be taken to the next stage of the application process.

*If you are currently in year 12 and 13, but looking to find an apprenticeship and switch mid-year then please contact our Apprenticeship Admissions Team where they will advise you on suitable vacancies.

01206 712043 – Apprenticeship Admissions or email:

ci.apprenticeships@colchester.ac.uk

Aged 19+

In order to study an apprenticeship you must have an employer willing to take you on as an apprentice and with an offer of employment in place.

Please read through the information below and follow the information that applies to your current status.

If you do have an employer with an Apprenticeship contract of employment in place then please click the button ’19+ Years – How to Apply’ located in the menu underneath this section, where you will be taken to the next stage of the application process.

I am already in employment and my employer would like to put me through an apprenticeship

If you are already in employment then please contact our Apprenticeship Admissions Team where they will work with you and your employer to complete the sign-up and enrolment onto the programme.

01206 712043 – Apprenticeship Admissions or email:

ci.apprenticeships@colchester.ac.uk

I don’t have an employer

If you do not have a contract offer of employment from an employer in place then there are other options available to you:

Apply for a vacancy

Employers can recruit for apprentice positions all year round. We have apprenticeship vacancies listed on our website throughout the year in a variety of industries and with employers small, medium and large.

View our live vacancies

Join Our Talent Pool

All you have to do is complete and submit our Talent Pool application form, attend a pre-screening assessment/interview and be available when contacted. We will then send your details along with your profile to employers looking for an apprentice, inform you if you are selected for interview, and send you guidance to prepare you for interview.

Join our Talent Pool

If you are unsure about any of the above and would like to speak to our apprenticeships team directly then please contact us using the below:

01206 712043 – Applicant Enquiries or email:

ci.apprenticeships@colchester.ac.uk

Employer Enquiries

If you would be interested to find out more about how this apprenticeship can work for your business or already have a member of staff who this apprenticeship would be perfect for please contact us using the ‘Hire an Apprentice: Enquire Here’ button in the menu below.

Commis Chef Apprenticeship
Course Outline: A commis chef prepares food and carries out basic cooking tasks under the supervision of a more senior chef.

Starting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year. However, the start date for attending college for training, where required, or if delivered online, when sessions begin, will vary depending on the type of apprenticeship and will be communicated post-employment and sign-up.

LevelLevel 2
LocationColchester
DurationUsually between 15 -18 months
Campus / Adult Skills CentreColchester Campus
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£8,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£400

What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee. Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.

Disclaimer

All fees, prices and funding information shown on this page are for courses starting in the 2022-23 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change due to factors outside of our control. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.

Courses fees are generally not confirmed for September until June / July due to the above factors.

The course information describes programmes offered by Colchester Institute. The College takes all reasonable steps to provide courses as described, but cannot guarantee provision. The information is for guidance and does not form any part of a contract.

The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.