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Pre-Apprenticeship in Cook (415A) with intro to Institutional Cook (415D)

Trade up to a new career!

The Pre-Apprentice in Cook program is open to indigenous and non-indigenous 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 27-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.

This program has been made possible with the support of the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development

Additional program benefits to eligible applicants include:

  • Tuition-Free
  • Small classes
  • Eight-week paid work placement
  • Books, uniforms and supplies are included
  • Upon successful completion of in-class courses students receive a knife kit for work placement
  • Financial supports available
  • This program will be a blend of in-person and online classes 
  • Access to a computer and the Internet will be required

Students will get the opportunity to receive additional certification in: 

  • Standard First Aid
  • Joint Health & Safety Committee
  • AODA
  • Food Safe

Admission Requirements

  • All participants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, a minimum of 16 years of age, and legally entitled to work in Ontario  
  • Completed a high school diploma/GED or equivalent  
    • Transcripts and documentation must be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar ( from the issuing institution (high school, postsecondary institution, or governmental organization)
    • All educational documents submitted from a country other than Canada and the US must be accompanied by an assessment from either ICAS (International Credential Assessment Services) or WES (World Education Services).
    • No longer be a high-school student at the start of the program
  • Proof of Social Insurance Number and photo identification (no later than the start of the program)
  • Be willing and able to commit to a full-time in-person program (approx. 30 hrs/wk)

Admission procedures

  • Applicants must complete the SNP Skilled Trades Admission Application 
    • SNP can only begin your assessment for admission when all required documentation is received.
  • Applicants must complete the program questionnaire.
  • Applicants who meet program admission requirements will be invited for an information session.  
  • This program has limited seats available. Acceptance is based on meeting the above admission requirements. First consideration will be given to applicants most likely to meet the program objectives and are pursuing an apprenticeship in the trade.

Program requirements

  • Applicants should demonstrate values of Ga’nigohi:yo/Kanikoriio (Respect and the Good Mind) and meet industry expectations for their trade, this includes attention to attendance and punctuality.
  • The program includes in-class and work placement; reliable transportation is needed.
    • Students must complete in-class and preparatory courses to progress to placement.
    • Applicants must acknowledge this program includes an offsite 8-week paid work placement that is full-time (35-40 hrs/wk) with restrictive start/end dates.  
    • Some locations may require afternoon or evening shifts. 
  • Applicants are advised that the physical and mental demands of this program reflect industry requirements (e.g. lifting, carrying, troubleshooting, etc.).
  • Pre-Apprentice Cook program:  While SNP’s vaccination policy has changed, employers/ community partners may opt to, or be regulated to continue requiring that student placement participants must be Fully Vaccinated, or, have received an approved exemption under the Ontario Human Rights Code in order to participate.

Career Paths

  • Baker
  • Institutional Cook
  • Cook Assistant

Learning Outcomes

  • Skills for Success (Academic Refreshers)
  • Employability & Job Readiness
  • Workplace Health & Safety
  • Indigenous Knowledge
  • Introduction to Secondary Trade: Institutional Cook 415D
  • Cook Level 1 415A (Skilled Trades Ontario)
  • Work Placement (requires successful completion of all in-class courses)


411 Elgin St.
Brantford, ON N3S 7P5

General Contact:

Program Contact:
519-445-0023 ext. 6226

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Accrediting Institution

Six Nations Polytechnic

Program Length

27 weeks, full-time delivery

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Brantford Campus

Credential Type

Upon successful completion, students will receive a Program Certificate in Pre-Apprentice: Cook (415A) with intro to Institutional Cook (415D)

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