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New Commis Chef apprenticeship training in Galway & Roscommon

The starting point for a career as a professional chef

Galway Roscommon Education & Training Board (GRETB) Training Centre has launched a new Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme which is the starting point for a career as a professional chef.

The apprenticeship programme is a formal structured two year education and training programme incorporating periods of off-the-job knowledge and skills development in a college or centre and work-based knowledge and skills development in an approved hotel or restaurant kitchen.

The commis chef apprenticeship is aimed at aspiring chefs who have a keen interest in and creative flair for cooking. To become an apprentice, you must obtain employment in an approved hotel or restaurant kitchen. The employer must be approved by SOLAS to train apprentices, and must register you as an apprentice within two weeks of recruitment.


Apprentices will gain the knowledge and skills to prepare, cook, and present a wide variety of commodities and dishes to a professional standard.

They will:

  • Gain internationally recognised qualifications.
  • Continue to earn while they learn with an employer of their choice - earn and learn model.
  • Enrich their work immediately as they acquire new skills.
  • Enhance their employment prospects and career opportunities.

Certification and progression

On successful completion of the commis chef apprenticeship the newly qualified commis chef will receive a QQI Level 6 major award-advanced certificate in culinary arts.

Apprentices who successfully complete the commis chef apprenticeship programme will be eligible to progress to the chef de partie apprenticeship at QQI Level 7.

If you require more information on the commis chef apprenticeship visit, telephone 091 706 203, or email

The CareersPortal Team


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