The catering and hospitality industry includes a large range of establishments including hotels, hostels, restaurants, cafes, pubs and contract catering. The profession currently employs 2.5 million people in the UK. The sector has a large proportion of people aged 25 and under compared to the average across all sectors, and a high turnover of staff, which creates good opportunities for those wanting to start in the industry.
If you are creative, like working with people, have lots of ambition and happy to work varied hours a job in the hospitality and catering sector may be for you. There are many different job roles within the industry and to become an apprentice in this area you will need to secure a role within the hospitality sector. Depending on the role you choose you will probably spend most of the day on your feet and you are usually required to work flexible days to fit in with the nature of the business. If you are working in a hotel it may mean working 5 nights a week and the 2 you have off work will be your actual days off.
A career in hospitality and catering can offer you a vast choice of opportunities, leading to management and supervisory positions in establishments such as 5* hotels and restaurants all over the world. The sector is hard work, long hours but very rewarding. If you feel like this is for you read on.
You will study:
- National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) – recognises and accredits your competence in the workplace
- Technical certificate – demonstrates your technical knowledge and capability and provides underpinning knowledge for your NVQ
- Functional Skills– English and Mathematics
You will work towards the following qualifications:
- Diploma Level 2 in Hospitality Services
- Certificate Level 2 in Hospitality and Catering Principles
- Functional English Level 1
- Functional Maths Level 1
- Employee Rights and Responsibilities
- Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
The knowledge-based element of this programme can be delivered both on-the-job and off-the-job. If delivered off-the-job, the guided learning hours of the technical certificate should be an indicator of the number of days spent away from the workplace.
You will also get an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate from People 1st when you have completed all the framework requirements.
The duration of the apprenticeship programme is approximately 18 months.