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Culinary Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Culinary Pre-Apprenticeship Program

London Training Centre is pleased to announce our Culinary Pre-Apprenticeship Program beginning September 6, 2022.

This program fully funded by The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (no cost to students) is and an ideal opportunity for a person currently working in the industry or someone seeking to launch a culinary career with the foundational skills you need to be successful.

This interactive course will offer selected participants the opportunity to experience and gain fundamental and relevant skills and knowledge for a career in the hospitality industry.

Every year we receive a high volume of applications for this outstanding culinary education program so if you are interested, we encourage you to read the information about the program below and contact us as soon as possible.

About the Culinary Pre-Apprenticeship Program


Applicants must have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalency and be available to attend the program fulltime September 2022 to February 2023. Participants must also be a Permanent Resident or Canadian Citizen with a valid Social Insurance Number and able to work in Canada.

Ideal Applicant 

The ideal applicant will have an engaged and active interest in a culinary career and a desire to become an apprentice in the trade. Previous food sector work experience and/or foods courses would be an asset. Note: with only 8 participants accepted into the program this is a competitive process.

Application and Intake Process 

Student applicants must submit a letter and expression of interest in the program, and a current resume by August 20, 2022 to: Steve James, Program Manager

Steve James – Tel: 519 685-4331 ext. 226 

Program starts September 6, 2022

About the Culinary Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Over the past eight years London Training Centre has developed a successful teaching model that integrates basic cooking techniques and knowledge with a broader, sustainable use of regional, seasonal products. The program ventures beyond the classic style of cuisine to explore a more intrinsic approach to the cooking. Along with the combined theoretical and corresponding hands on practical experience, the students engage in open discussions with local food artisans, chefs and likeminded professionals to further enhance their experience. Students will also be introduced to associated apprenticeship trades such as baker.

The course explores in detail, safe knife skills, kitchen sanitation and safety, fundamental cooking principles, menu design, pastry baking and bread making practices, nose to tail butchery, identification and use of seasonal produce, stock and sauce making. The theoretical classroom learning is pertinent to the tactile practical applications in the kitchen environment. Limited enrollment and small class size (only 8 students) will offer a greater opportunity for an exclusive student learning experience. If required at program start, this small class size also conforms with COVID safety protocols, including physical distancing, individual cooking/prep stations, masks and physical distancing.

The ultimate goal of this unique student focused, pre apprenticeship program is to offer a broad spectrum of learning opportunities so the participating students can start to develop a strong philosophy, ethic and direction towards food and a successful career in the culinary arts.

This six-month program is an excellent bridge for participants exploring the idea of a possible career in cooking or the broader food sector. The first four months of classroom and kitchen instruction are fulltime Monday to Friday at London Training Centre followed by 8 weeks of paid placement with restaurants in the London Ontario region.

Program Manager and Key Instructor Steve James will be pleased to provide additional information and would welcome the opportunity to meet to explain the unique aspects of this student focused program. We are pleased to provide in-person information sessions where you can learn more about the program and meet our chef instructors. Register Today!

Information Session Dates

To learn more about the program, meet the chef instructors and see our facilities register for one of the following information sessions at London Training Centre:

June 21, 2022 – 10am
June 28, 2022 – 10am
July 8, 2022 – 10am
August 5, 2022 – 10am

London Training Centre
317 Adelaide St. S. (Adelaide & Commissioners)
Unit 110, London Ontario

Please RSVP to Steve James, Chef Instructor.

Steve James – Tel: 519 685-4331 ext. 226