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Commis Chef Apprentices from local businesses had their first masterclass at GC today

18 October 2017

Today was the first monthly day release for Gloucestershire College’s new intake of Hospitality (Commis Chef) apprentices at the Cheltenham Campus. Award winning Assessor Myra Billinghurst welcomed the new apprentices to the College this morning for their first monthly masterclass, which is part of the Intermediate hospitality Apprenticeship; Commis Chef Level 2.

This year, Gloucestershire College has launched two new Hospitality apprenticeships: Commis Chef and Hospitality Team Member, which are both part of the new Standard which was developed by Hospitality brands such as Hilton Worldwide, Compass Group UK&I and the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts.   

Gloucestershire College is working with a range of businesses across the country providing Commis Chef Apprenticeships for hotels, restaurants, care homes and many more. Some of the businesses that this intake of apprentices are working for include:

  • Cheltenham College
  • The Bell (Stroud)
  • Pittville School
  • Corner Cupboard (Winchcombe)
  • Lilian Fathfull (Care Home)

In this session, students were making dauphinoise potatoes and stir fried vegetables, whilst getting a masterclass in knife skills.  

The monthly day releases at the College will allow the apprentices to cover a variety of specialist culinary specialisms, such as patisserie, chocolate work, bread and cake baking and many more.


Peter Goodfellow, Commis Chef Apprentice at Lilian Faithful was an existing member of staff at the care home before he became an apprentice. Peter was already working as a Kitchen Assistant for 6 months, before he approached his employer to discuss enrolling as an apprentice at Gloucestershire College. Now Peter is on the apprenticeship, he continues working at Lilian Hall, learning new skills on the apprenticeship programme which will allow him to develop and progress his career, benefitting both him and his employer.




Sam Woodcock is another apprentice Commis Chef who had his first day release at the College today, improving his knife skills. Sam was already working as a Kitchen Assistant at The Bell in Stroud, and he has now   enrolled onto the Commis Chef Apprenticeship programme at Gloucestershire College to progress his career.  

Gloucestershire College provides Hospitality Apprenticeships to businesses across the county, in a partnership approach which is beneficial to both the learner and the employer. For the Commis Chef apprenticeship, learners attend the College on a monthly basis to complete master classes which enhance their skills and offer a broad range of specialisms. Apprentices on this course will also gain an industry recognised qualification: NVQ pro cook Level 2.

This programme is ideal for new and talented employees who want to learn and progress, as well as for existing staff members who are looking to retrain or upskill. The apprenticeship programmes gives businesses the flexibility and resource to nurture their talent pool and upskill staff members, allowing for individual and organisational growth and progression.

If you would like more information about Hospitality Apprenticeships available at Gloucestershire College, please get in contact: 01452 563403 or .     

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