National Sous Chef Apprenticeship

National Sous Chef Apprenticeship

What is National Sous Chef Apprenticeship

The Sous Chef Apprenticeship is an ‘earn and learn’ Honours degree programme that combines on-the-job training with academic study in an Institute of Technology.

This programme is designed by industry and academic professionals so the apprentice will gain the knowledge, skills and competencies at an advanced level, to ensure that all aspects of food preparation, production and service is carried out to the highest standard and in accordance with food hygiene regulations, company standards and policies.

The programme enables the apprentice to be an effective team leader and production specialist at an operational, managerial and technical level.  The programme also focuses on the responsibility of guiding, directing and training team members.

Apprentices will be concentrating on areas such as personal development, food innovation and the capitalisation of market trends whilst endeavouring to exceed the guest expectations and the management of department finances and budgets.

It combines classroom training with hands-on practical skills development within the workplace. Your work-based mentor will monitor and help you progress through the apprenticeship and you will learn how your college based learning links to your everyday working environment.

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Why study National Sous Chef Apprenticeship at IT, Tralee

  • Allows you to work and earn whilst gaining a relevant professional qualification;
  • Allows you the time to develop and enhance your skills and techniques under the guidance of a work based mentor;
  • Provides the opportunity for career progression from Chef De Partie to Sous Chef.


Entry requirements

The minimum education qualifications are:

1.  Applicants must hold a level 7 Ordinary Degree in Culinary Arts or equivalent qualification.


2. Relevant industry experience – Assessment of industry experience is by application to the Institute of Technology Tralee. Recognition of Prior Learning is dealt with on an individual basis once an apprentice has started the registration process.

What are my career opportunities

This programme is designed by industry and academic professionals so you will learn the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary for a successful career as a Sous Chef that will take you anywhere in the world.

How to become an apprentice:

To become an Apprentice, you must be currently employed or must obtain employment in a Solas approved establishment.
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Student Contribution
Year 1 - €750.00
Year 2 - €750.00

Download: National Sous Chef Apprenticeship Brochure

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Apprentices who successfully complete the Sous Chef Apprenticeship Programme will be eligible to progress to the Head Chef Apprenticeship at Level 9 (Currently under development) or Similar Full or Part-time Research Postgraduate Programmes or Taught Masters Programmes