Hospitality Apprenticeships are a great way to kick start your career in one of the UK’s largest industry. Do you want to deliver exceptional customer experience? Want to help people to enjoy themselves? Hospitality staff do exactly that.
What do hospitality Apprenticeships involve?
Hospitality Apprenticeships combine on the job training with study off the job where you’ll gain practical experience, credible skills and a nationally recognised qualification.
Did you know that the hospitality industry generated over £73bn of Gross Value Added directly to the UK economy, and a further £87bn indirectly? Read the full report.
There is a wide range of hospitality Apprenticeships available to school leavers from front of house such as waiting, service and bar staff and back of house including chefs, catering assistants and kitchen porters. All roles are equally as important in the effective functioning of the hospitality industry.
Let’s take a look at hospitality Apprenticeships that you could be doing:
Chef – Do you have a passion for food and making creative dishes? As a chef you’ll make a range of dishes from starters, mains and desserts all to a high quality to meet customer expectations.
Watch this video to find out the day in a life of an apprentice chef:
Waiting and Service – Are you always smiley and happy? Waiting and service staff need to be. You’ll often be the first point of contact for customers make their experience an exceptional one. You’ll prepare drinks, take orders, deliver food to the table and ensure everyone is happy and enjoying their meal. You will also deal with bill payments and take bookings over the phone and in person.
Watch this video about hospitality Apprenticeships:
Supervisor – As a supervisor you’ll need to motivate your team, deal with complaints and ensure the customer is happy with the way their complaint with dealt with and returns.
Kitchen assistant – Kitchen assistants wash dishes and ensure they are stored correctly. They also help prepare starters, desserts and salads, peel, chop and cut food and clean sides, floors and equipment.
Hospitality Apprenticeships skills
Hospitality Apprenticeships will equip you with a wide range of skills including people perception skills, the ability to communicate effectively both written and orally, able to perform well when under pressure and during busy times.
Employers you could be working for
You could be working for a wide range of top employers in the hospitality industry including Greene King, Hungry Horse, The Hilton and more!
Here is a list of current Apprenticeship frameworks in hospitality:
Hospitality Management – Level 4
Licensed Hospitality – Level 2, 3
Catering and Professional Chefs – Level 2, 3
Apprenticeships are currently undergoing changes. Apprenticeship frameworks don’t always work which will see the replacement of frameworks to standards by 2020.
Shown below is a list of Apprenticeship standards currently approved for delivery in the hospitality industry:
Butcher – Level 2, 3
Baker – Level 2
Chef De Partie – Level 3
Commis Chef – Level 2
Hospitality Manager – Level 4
Hospitality Supervisor – Level 3
Hospitality Team Member – Level 2
Senior Chef Production Cooking – Level 3
Here is a list of Apprenticeship standards that are currently undergoing development and are not yet ready for delivery:
Production Chef – Level 2
Maritime Caterer – Level 2
Advanced Baker – Level 3
It’s not uncommon for the hospitality industry to have people in their late teens – early 20’s as managers. Progression routes are quick if you show you have the ability and skills required to succeed and lead a team.
Applying for hospitality Apprenticeships
If you’re looking to avoid the monotony of the 9-5 working life then a hospitality Apprenticeship could be your dream role. No two days will ever be the same, you’ll meet new people and face different challenges.