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Commis Chef Apprentice

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Catering and Hospitality

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This is a general application for a Commis Chef Apprenticeship. We are currently working with businesses in Plymouth and the surrounding areas to secure opportunities for applicants.

Salary per week:
£4.30 per hour at minimum. Your wage will depend on the hours worked.

An apprentice must work a minimum of 30 hours per week, however most work around 40. Various shift patterns may be put in place across the 7 day week.


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.

Day to day tasks could include;

  • Learning how to store, prepare and cook ingredients to maintain quality
  • Identify the personal hygiene standards, food safety practices and procedures
  • Measure dish ingredients and portion sizes accurately
  • Check food stocks and report on shortages
  • Assist with all hot and cold food preparation, including banquets when necessary
  • Help to organise and maintain work areas, coolers and storage areas
  • Prepare work checklist and organise work stations for each shift
  • Assist in checking coolers and storage areas for cleanliness, quantity and quality of food products


Training will be provided by City College Plymouth with regular attendance required at the Kings Road campus, as well as direct training within the workplace.

Over the 18 month apprenticeship, you will work towards the following:

  • Level 2 Commis Chef Standard
  • Behaviours, Skills & Knowledge
  • Functional Skills in maths and English at level 1 (if not already exempt through prior qualifications)

In addition to College attendance you will have regular visits at the workplace from a designated College assessor to observe your progress and competence in the role you are carrying out.

As part of your application you will need to complete a practical assessment with the College’s Chef to see your current ability, desire and drive to work within this industry. We are not expecting you to have any prior skills or knowledge, just the willingness to succeed and employability factors.

Qualities and skills:

  • Good timekeeping
  • Passion for cooking
  • Willingness to learn
  • Good communication
  • Patience
  • Positivity
  • Common sense
  • Good work ethic
  • Organised
  • Team player
  • Pro-active
  • Able to use initiative.

No formal qualifications are required to apply for this apprenticeship, but GCSE’s in English and maths (grade A-D / 9-3) or equivalent will be looked at by City College Plymouth on application.


Depending on the business you secure your apprenticeship with, will determine what your progression routes are. The College will be able to establish whether the contract of employment is for the duration of the apprenticeship only, or whether future opportunities will be available.

Many of the apprentices who complete this apprenticeship with City College Plymouth are able to progress onto the level 3 Chef de Partie.

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By applying for this position you will go through the College’s assessments and once successful, you will be assigned a Business Engagement Officer who will guide you into employment by finding the best suited workplace.