Program Description

Choose Six Nations Polytechnic to study alongside others who believe in Ga’nigohi:yo:/ Kanikoriio (Respect and the Good Mind) values and learn together to build a positive future.    

The Pre-Apprentice in Cook program is open to all learners and has been designed to provide entry-level skills required to start your career as a new apprentice.  

A Cook prepares a wide range of foods for public consumption in various settings such as restaurants or hotels and can be for small groups, large groups, or individual dishes.  

This 30-week program is designed to prepare students for entry into the workforce as an Assistant Cook (or related trade).  To ensure students are career-ready; a mix of theory and hands-on practical learning activities are scheduled each week for approximately 30 hours.  Pre-apprentices will complete a variety of skill-building courses followed by an eight-week paid work placement (320 hours). 

This program will be a blend of in-person and online classes. Access to a computer and the internet will be required. 

Seats are limited, apply today!

Additional program benefits to eligible applicants include: 

  • Tuition-Free 
  • Small classes 
  • Paid work placement 
  • Books and supplies are included  
  • Students will be provided uniforms and knife kits 

Note that program dates may change due to government restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Skills for Success (Academic Upgrading) 
  • Trades Exploration and Career Progression 
  • Workplace Health & Safety
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Employment Readiness
  • Cook Level 1 (reportable subjects mandated by Skilled Trades Ontario)
    • Workplace and Food Safe Practices 
    • Basic Nutrition
    • Culinary Business Practices - Math 
    • Culinary Business Practices - Computers
    • Food Theory Basics 
    • Culinary Techniques - Basic 
    • Bake Theory 
    • Baking Techniques - Basic 
  • Introduction to Secondary Trade:  Industrial Cook 
  • Work Placement (requires successful completion of all in-class courses) 

Graduates may choose employment or apprenticeship in fields such as: 

  • Baker 
  • Institutional Cook 
  • Cook Assistant 

Credential Earned:   

  • Upon successful completion, students will receive a Certificate of Completion in Pre-Apprentice Cook issued by Six Nations Polytechnic University. 

Other related occupations:

  • Baker
  • Institutional Cook
  • Cook Assistant

Apply today to take advantage of program benefits

  • Tuition-Free
  • Small classes
  • Books and supplies are included for eligible applicants

For more information contact

Address: 411 Elgin Street, Brantford, Ontario
Phone: 226-493-1245

This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario

Admission Requirements: 
  • OSSD or equivalent 
  • Be a resident and able to work in Ontario 
  • Proof of Social Insurance Number and photo identification (required by class start) 
  • Must review “What is a Pre-Apprentice”  
  • Must view the Campus Virtual Tour