New Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme launched today

January 10, 2018

An exciting new Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme was launched today in the Merrion Hotel in Dublin by the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD. The programme is two years duration and training takes place both on and off the job each week.  At the end of the two year programme, apprentices will be awarded a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Culinary Arts.

Minsiter for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD

Apprentices on the programme will be employed by hotels, restaurants and catering companies throughout the country and will be paid industry-standard rates of pay while undertaking both on-the-job and off-the-job training.

The City of Dublin ETB will be delivering the Commis Chef Apprenticeship in Crumlin College of Further Education and Coláiste Íde in Finglas. 

Anyone interested in participating on the apprenticeship as either an apprentice or an employer should contact

The Minister talked about the growth in the new “quality food” sector providing opportunities for apprentices to earn and learn on a programme that includes career paths in a sector that is nurturing and growing its talent.  He spoke about a tourism industry that supports 230k jobs and the importance of passionate, qualified chefs supporting budding new chefs.

Tim Fenn, CEO of the Irish Hotels Federation talked about the apprenticeship giving employers the opportunity to nurture new apprentices who are eager to learn. 

Tim Fenn, CEO of the Irish Hotels Federation

Pat Delaney, Chair of the Apprenticeship Council stated that the success of a company depends on the capability of its people.

Pat Delaney, Chair of the Apprenticeship Council pictured with Minister

The lead industry partner for the apprenticeship are the Irish Hotels Federation the Restaurants Association of Ireland. This apprenticeship is coordinated by Kerry Education and Training Board and is being delivered by City of Dublin ETB, Cavan and Monaghan ETB, Cork ETB, Galway and Roscommon ETB, Kerry ETB and Limerick and Clare ETB.  This apprenticeship is also supported by Fáilte Ireland.

Consortium who developed Commis Chef Apprenticeship.

Further details of the apprenticeship can be found here on

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