NewCommisChef Apprenticeship Programmelaunch
AN opportunity for Louth’s aspiring chefs has just been revealed as the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton launched an industry-led National Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme.
The programme will provide young aspiring chefs in Louth and across the country with a two–year formal education and training programme to begin their careers as professional chefs. The programme, the only one of its kind in the country, is supported by a number of organisations including the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI), the Irish Hospitality Institute (IHI), Institutes of Technology (IOTs) and Education and Training Boards (ETBs). Over 110 places are available nationally initially and all those who have a keen interest in and a creative flair for cooking are encouraged to apply. The scheme is available to young people aged over 16 years, existing kitchen staff and anyone else who wishes to gain an internationally recognised qualification.
Launching the apprenticeship programme, Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, said: ‘I am delighted to launch the new Commis Chef Apprenticeship today. This new national apprenticeship offers a welcome pathway to a career in the hospitality sector, where apprentices will learn critical skills to succeed in their field.
‘One of the greatest casualties of the recession were apprenticeships. I am keen not only reverse this trend and rebuild traditional pathways but to significantly expand apprenticeships into new industries.