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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 GMIT

Discipline: Culinary Arts

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Two years

Mode of Study: Flexible Learning


Year 1: €750
Year 2: €750

Why Study?

The Sous Chef Apprenticeship at GMIT will:

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

Programme Modules

The course is structured over 4 semesters, over 2 years

Delivery is based on a 12-week semester as follows;

  • Semester 1: September to December
  • Semester 2: January to May


Follow-on Studies: 

Apprentices who successfully complete the Sous Chef Apprenticeship Programme will be eligible to progress to the Head Chef Apprenticeship Programme at Level 9 (Masters).

Essential Information: 

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 a student has registered.


How does the Sous Chef Apprenticeship work?

  • 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 are carried out to the highest standard and in accordance with food hygiene regulations, company standards and policies.
  • The programme enables you to be an effective team leader and production specialist at operational, managerial and technical levels.
  • The programme also focuses on the responsibility of guiding, directing and training team members.
  • You will be concentrating on areas such as personal development, food innovation, and the capitalisation of market trends and the management of department finances and budgets; all the while endeavouring to exceed customer expectations.
  • 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.

How can I become an Apprentice?
To become an Apprentice, you must be currently employed or must obtain employment in a Solas approved establishment.


Find out more

Download the National Sous Chef Apprenticeship brochure (PDF, 369KB)
Download the Step by Step Guide for Employers – National Chef Apprenticeship Programmes (Word, 14KB)




On successful completion of the Sous Chef Apprenticeship Programme, the Apprentice will receive a Level 8 – Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Culinary Arts.

Contact Us

Jacinta Dalton

Head of Department, Culinary Arts & Service Industries
Galway International Hotel School
Dublin Road


Tel:  091 742320