Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, yesterday re-launched an industry-led
National Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme that will provide young aspiring chefs across Ireland with a two–year formal education and training programme to begin their careers as professional chefs.
Two years in the planning, the programme was launched last year but initial uptake has been disappointing.
Picture shows from left Tim Fenn, CEO, IHF and Chair, Consortium Steering Group; Agnieszka Niedzielak, Commis chef apprentice from Jury's Christchurch; Richard Bruton, TD, Minister for Education and Skills; and Pat O'Doherty, Chair, Apprenticeship Council and CEO ESB; at the launch of the National Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme. Pic: Naoise Culhane
The programme, the only one of its kind in the country, is supported by the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI), the Irish Hospitality Institute (IHI), Euro-toques Ireland, Catering Management Association of Ireland (CMAI), Fáilte Ireland, SOLAS, Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and Institutes of Technology (IOTs). Over 110 of the original 130 places are available 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.
Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, said,