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    Programme Title  Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery - Traineeship
    CAO Code  Not available through CAO
    LYIT internal code  LY_GAPCK_F
    Duration  2 Years
    Standard Code Places:  16
    National Framework Level  6
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  QQI(FETAC)
    Funded by Failte Ireland  Yes
    Is this Programme for Me?
    This part-time, earn-and-learn programme is offered to industry personnel who wish to gain a professional qualification in food production, formalising training through a combination of on-the-job mentoring and day-release college education.
    Who should apply?
    This course is aimed at anyone who is embarking on a career as a professional chef and who is working in the kitchen of an approved tourism and hospitality establishment.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Students must be over 17 years of age, and be of Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent to be eligible to apply for this programme. They must be in current employment in an approved hotel, gastro pub or restaurant.
    How long will I have to study?
    The Traineeship consists of a two year training/education programme undertaken while working as a trainee/commis chef in an approved hotel or restaurant kitchen. Trainees combine the training they receive during their employment with an academic programme delivered in the School of Tourism. The programme is delivered over two academic years, two days per week in Year 1 and one day per week in Year 2, to coincide with levels of activity within the food production and service industries.
    What will I study
    PhaseProposed ModulesMandatory/
    No of creditsClass hours
     1/1  Culinary Skills Mandatory  10  3
     Classical and Contemporary Cuisine Mandatory  10  2
     Food Science and Technology Mandatory  5  4
     Meal Service Mandatory  5  3
     Personal Effectiveness Mandatory  15  2
     Spreadsheet Methods 1 Mandatory  7.5  2
     Work Practice Mandatory    16
     1/2  Larder Mandatory  10  2
     Menu Planning and Applied Nutrition Mandatory  10  4
     Pastry Baking and Desserts Mandatory  10  4
     International Cuisine Mandatory  15  4
     Spreadsheet Methods 2 Mandatory  7.5  2
     Work Practice Mandatory  15  16
     2/3  Volume Food Production Mandatory  10  2
     Contemporary Cuisine Mandatory  10  2
     Pastry Baking and Desserts Mandatory  10  4
     Gastronomy Mandatory  5  
     Hospitality Business Systems Mandatory  7.5  
     2/4  Buffet Mandatory  10  2
     Menu Design and Applied Nutrition Mandatory  10  
     Culinary Food Safety Management Mandatory  5  
     Producing a Culinary Event Mandatory  15  4
     Hospitality Business Systems Mandatory  7.5  
     Work Experience Mandatory  15  16
     *International Cuisine Mandatory  15  
    *Note: Mark carried forward from first Year
    Quality Employer Criteria
    Establishments participating in the scheme will:
    • Be approved and registered
    • Appoint an establishment Mentor to guide and support the Trainee
    • Abide by a Professional Code of Practice
    • Release the Trainee to attend college on a day release basis
    Employers interested in this scheme should contact:
    Ciarán ó hAnnracháin, Head of Department of Hospitality & Tourism, School of Tourism (LYIT)
    by E- Mail: ciaran.ohannrachain@lyit.ie Telephone: (074) 9186603
    What benefits can be gained by undertaking this programme?
    • Improved employee performance due to highly skilled culinary staff
    • Increased levels of productivity through greater staff commitment to the business
    • Enhanced image for you as an Employer of choice
    • Approved employers may qualify for a training subsidy from Fáilte Ireland
    • Gain an internationally-recognised qualification in your chosen field of study
    • Continue to earn while you learn with an employer of your choice
    • Enrich your job immediately as you acquire more skills and secure a better future within the industry
    • Enhance your employment prospects and career opportunities
    • Access to state-of-the-art training facilities
    • Support for tuition and registration fees by Fáilte Ireland
    Will I have to pay course fees?
    As Fáilte Ireland is committed to strengthening its recognised role as a major driving force behind the training, education and placement of culinary arts and hospitality students, Fáilte Ireland will fund both the tuition and student contribution fees of this programme.  Applicants who are accepted onto this course will be expected to provide appropriate uniform and knife set, books etc.  Exact requirements will be advised to the successful applicants.
    What will I have to study?
    During the two years of this programme trainees learn fundamental culinary techniques, the theory and practice of professional cookery, menu design, cost control, food science and health and safety supported by academic knowledge.
    What is the aim of this programme
    The aim of this programme is to provide participants with a level of knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to build successful careers in today’s fast growing, ever changing Culinary Arts and Hospitality Industry.
    Are there follow-up programmes available?
    Trainees who successfully complete the Traineeship may be eligible to progress to Year 2 of the Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts which is offered in the School of Tourism.
    What career opportunities will this course provide?
    There are opportunities for trainees according to ability and experience to progress to senior positions such as head chef or executive head chef throughout the Hotel and Catering Industry e.g. hotels, restaurants, licensed trade, cruise ships, industrial and hospital catering and in other food-related businesses.
    How you I apply?
    Application should be made directly to the School of Tourism.  Your application should include an Apprentice Application Form and a Registration of Establishment Form.  Applicants who are unable to meet the employment requirements for the duration of the programme will not be considered.

    Completed Applications should be returned to:
    Admissions, School of Tourism (LyIT), Shore Road, Killybegs, Co Donegal
    Tel No (074) 9186600 Fax No (074) 9186601
    Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery - Application Form
    Nomination By Establishment Form
    Code of Practice
    National Traineeship in Professional Cookery.

    Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st March.
    Late applications may be accepted at the discretion of the School of Tourism.

    This programme has been developed jointly by Fáilte Ireland, IBEC, the Irish Hotels Federation, the Restaurant Association of Ireland, SIPTU and college and certification representatives.
    It requires a high level of commitment from employers, but in return, the benefits that can accrue to you and your business are very attractive.
    Information may be subject to change by agencies other than LYIT.
    LYIT reserves the right to change information provided at any time