About the Program
This program is designed for registered Ontario Cook Apprentices to build on the skills learned in a Cook I apprenticeship. Through demonstrations, lectures and hands-on practice students will develop and expand both their knowledge of, and the techniques of: quality food preparation and presentation, culinary techniques and theory, advanced Garde Manger, baking and pastry, international cuisine, and kitchen management.
See Apprenticeship - General Information.
Length: 358-hour Certificate program
Fees set by MTCU as per offer of classroom training
*Books, parking fees are additional.
*Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.
*You are not required to pay classroom fees while participating in OYAP.
Apprenticeship Training - General Information
Becoming a Journeyperson
Skilled workers (journeypersons) are in high demand in a broad range of occupations and make an important contribution to Canada's economic growth. If you are interested in becoming a journeyperson you must first complete an apprenticeship. Women are encouraged to investigate the significant benefits of a career in a skilled occupation.
What is Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is an agreement between an individual who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker. It is a combination of in-school training and on-the-job experience. An apprenticeship can last 2-5 years, depending on the program. As an apprentice, about 90% of your time is spent learning practical skills on the job, while supervised by a qualified journeyperson. The rest is spent learning theoretical and technical aspects of your trade. Over time, the apprenticeship system of training has proven to be one of the world's most successful ways to learn.
Once you have decided which occupation best suits your interests and talents, it is up to you to find an employer willing to employ you as an apprentice.
Conestoga College provides the in-school training portion for a variety of skilled trades. You will be released from work to attend trade school either in a block or one day a week format, depending on the trade and delivery options.
- Prepare and present a variety of foods including regional and international cuisine.
- Create marketable menus that reflect the goals of the operation.
- Apply advanced food and bake theories to food preparation.
- Apply advanced culinary and baking techniques for a la carte and banquet settings.
- Apply principles of cost control, budgeting and resource management to the food service environment.
- Apply basic human resource and supervision practices to the environment of a working dining room.
- Cooperate with co-workers, management and customers.
- Apply safe food storage and preparation practices to protect against harmful bacteria or other contaminants.
- Prospective students must be registered apprentices with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (M.T.C.U) and may be required to be a member in good standing of the Ontario College of Trades.
- Information related to this apprenticeship program may be obtained from the local Apprenticeship and Client Services Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099.
- Conestoga College delivers the "in-school" component of this apprenticeship program as required by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. In addition, (M.T.C.U.) requires employers to deliver the greater proportion of apprenticeship training on-the-job.
- Students are required to demonstrate the same attention to punctuality and attendance as would be required by the business or industry in which they are employed or expect to be employed.
Pre-Certification of Qualification
If you have more than 5 years experience working in a trade specific area from outside of Canada or within Canada, you may want to pursue challenging your Certificate of Qualification. For more information on eligibility criteria or to arrange to speak to an Apprenticeship Training Consultant contact the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099. Many Ontario Colleges offer pre-certification courses in a variety of trade areas that assist you in preparing to write or re-write your certification exam, it is also an excellent refresher course.
For more information on part-time pre-certification programs to assist you in preparing for the Certificate of Qualification examination check out the Conestoga College Continuing Education offerings at www.conestogac.on.ca or contact 519-824-9390 ext. 6148.
Apprentices may challenge the in-school portion of apprenticeship levels from a variety of trade-specific apprenticeship programs depending on their level of expertise and time spent on the job. Non-apprentices can likewise challenge the in-school portion of the program starting first at level one. For more information about Exemption Testing - Apprentices and Non-Apprentices please visit: www.conestogac.on.ca/caa/testing/exemption.jsp
Registration occurs after an employer is found. At that time the employer or apprentice may call the local Apprenticeship and Client Services Office to request registration and have a contract prepared. Once you are a registered apprentice and have received your Offer of Classroom Training Form, classroom training fees apply. Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-serve basis. You are not required to pay classroom fees while participating in OYAP. You may also view the apprenticeship web site at: www.apprenticesearch.com
For more information, call the Apprenticeship Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099. If you have questions pertaining to the in-school training portion, call Conestoga College at 519-748-5220, ext. 2400.