Trade up to a new career!

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 29-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.

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
  • Financial supports available

Admission Requirements

  • OSSD or equivalent
  • 16 years of age & over
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • No longer a high school student at time of program start
  • Proof of Social Insurance Number and photo identification (required by program start)

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)
    • Workplace and Food Safety Practices
    • Basic Nutrition
    • Culinary Business Practices
    • Food Theory- Basic
    • Culinary Techniques - Basic
    • Bake Theory
    • Baking Techniques – Basic
  • 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

29 weeks, full-time delivery

Next Program Intake

May 1, 2023


Brantford Campus

Credential Type

Upon successful completion, students will receive a Program Certificate in Pre-Apprentice Cook

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