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.

Commis Chef Apprenticeship
LevelLevel 2
LocationColchester
DurationUsually between 15 -18 months however all apprenticeships are subject to individual circumstances
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateStarting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, will be communicated post-employment and sign-up
Fee(s)Employer Contribution: £900
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.

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?

Since April 2017 the way that government funds apprenticeships in England has changed. All businesses operating within the UK with a wage bill of over £3 million are required to contribute to the apprenticeship levy monthly via HMRC.

  • 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 through providers who are registered on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers
  • Levy payments will expire after 18 months.

From April 2017 all existing apprenticeship frameworks and new apprenticeship standards (often referred to as trailblazer standards) will be allocated to Government funding bands.

Funding bands determine the maximum amount of money that Government will contribute for the training delivery and end-point assessment of each apprenticeship. All approved apprenticeship standards have already been allocated to funding bandings with maximum funding caps.

If you take on an apprentice who is between 16 and 18 years old at the start of their apprenticeship, you will receive a payment to help meet the extra costs of employing them. This will be paid to you through the training provider in two £500 instalments at 3 months and 12 months  if the apprentice continues in learning beyond this point.

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% 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. Where there are no longer funds in this digital account the Government will co-invest 90% of the funding with the levy paying employer being the asked to contribute the remaining 10% on a monthly basis.

Levy paying employers can estimate their funding contributions through the use of the free Funding Apprenticeship Systems calculating tool.

The agreed funds will be taken from the employer’s digital account to pay the training provider, up to a maximum amount of funding allocated by Government to that particular apprenticeship.

For non-levy paying employers the Digital Apprenticeship Service will not be available until at least 2018. They will need to discuss and agree a price with their training provider.

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?

Apprenticeships – What we can offer

Colchester Institute is the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Greater Essex. We are expert 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 tutors.
  • Bespoke programmes available upon request.
  • An Essex priority skills focus.
  • Free employer events.

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