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Hospitality and Catering Careers, Jobs and Qualifications

Are you a baker in the making? Do you want to work in a hotel, pub or restaurant? People in the hospitality and catering sector are all around you!

Last time you went to a hotel, pub, café or restaurant, someone had to take your booking, clean, make the bed and change the towels in your room, set your table for dinner, take your order, prepare and cook your food, serve your drinks, prepare your bill and take your money, clear the table and wash up after you…you get the picture! All these jobs are in the hospitality and catering sector and they are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the number of roles that exist in the world of hospitality and catering.

But there’s more to a career in this industry than working in hotels and restaurants – think of all the outdoor events and fairs, privately catered parties and balls, weddings and funerals and birthdays and christenings you may have been to, possibly in tourist attractions like castles or country houses… The ever-growing and thriving hospitality and catering industry offers an incredibly diverse range of career opportunities for young people, both behind the scenes and front of house and if you have a desire to travel, getting into this sector is a great way to see the world, working on cruise ships, railways and airlines.

If you’re someone who really enjoys working with, and meeting new people all the time, if you have great customer service skills and the ability to keep a smile on your face, even when things – or guests! – get tough, a career in the hospitality and catering industry is well worth considering. There are lots of ways to start off your career in the hospitality and catering industry – after taking your GCSEs, you can get a job or go to FE college to gain vocational qualifications in subjects like catering and travel and tourism. You could do an apprenticeship or a traineeship or choose to study further by going to university to do a degree in hospitality management, for instance.

Hotel Manager – The Job

Hotel Manager

Hotels come in all shapes and sizes, from small boutique hotels to large chain-brand hotels. The hotel manager is responsible for the day to day management and direction of a hotel and the staff that work there. Hotel managers plan, oversee and ensure the smooth running of all of the hotel services, from reservations to housekeeping. They don’t just wander ... Read More »

Hospitality And Catering Careers A to Z

hospitality and catering careers

The hospitality and catering industry is ever-growing with a wide variety of career pathways. Whether your flair lies in food preparation or organisation, there are job opportunities for you. Barista: Specially trained in preparing a variety of hot and cold beverages, including coffee based drinks such as espressos. Baristas can be found in a variety of locations, ranging from coffee ... Read More »

Hospitality Qualifications

hospitality qualifications

There are plenty of ways to get into and to develop your career in the hospitality industry. Emily Mellows tells us more about hospitality qualifications. Vocational training Vocational qualifications include National Diplomas (BTECs), NVQs, VRQs, SVQs, CVETs and IVQs they are available at all levels right up to Foundation Degree. All vocational qualifications are practical in nature and develop and ... Read More »

UK Skills Shortage Occupation Six Sous Chef

sous chef

This is the fifth instalment in a series of blogs that provide information on occupational roles that employers struggle to fill. In this article we take a look at the role of the sous chef. The sous chef (or under chef) is the second in command in the kitchen after the head chef. The sous chef makes sure that high ... Read More »

Bakery Apprenticeships

bakery apprenticeships

Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly baked bread or a sweet treat in the form of a pastry? We take a look at bakery apprenticeships and the jobs roles that you could have. The food and drink industry is massive and every day millions of loaves of bread, cakes, pies and pastries are sold. So, if you fancy a ... Read More »

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