The hospitality industry is one of the biggest employment sectors, with over 855,000 new people needing to be trained and employed before 2017 to avoid a deficit in roles across the UK.
What kind of employer delivers a hospitality apprenticeship?
As hospitality is such a broad area of work, there are many different businesses types with the industry that you can find opportunities in.
Some of these include:
What roles and responsibilities can I do with a hospitality apprenticeship?
As hospitality is such a broad area, you will be covering a wide range of responsibilities within your position. The main focus of this industry is customer service, whether this be serving food, or ensuring that a room is ready to use by the customer.
The Babington Group currently offers hospitality apprenticeships at Level 2. During the Level 2 course, you could be offered positions in various roles, including:
- Hospitality service assistant
- Waiter/silver service waiter
- Bar/cellar person
- Housekeeper/room attendant
Depending on the employer type you are employed by, the responsibilities set out in your job description can vary. There are no particular responsibilities involved in all roles, but the typical tasks you can expect to complete could include the following:
- Co-ordinating events and functions
- Catering to clients
- Serving beverages
- Preparing meals
- Mixing drinks and wines (If of age, and in a licensed premises.)
- Hiring and training staff
What comes after a hospitality apprenticeship?
The hospitality industry is a very demanding and rewarding one; employees in this field must have a range of skills and qualities in order to succeed, meet customers’ needs, and keep a client satisfied.
The more experience you have in this kind of role, the more you will progress with your employer. The average salary for someone working full-time in hospitality is £27,889, and if you work up to a senior management role, you could even expect to see a salary bracket upwards of £80,000.
Do I have what it takes?
Hospitality roles are highly client-based, meaning that you will be spending the majority of your time with a client, and the time you are not, you will be working as part of a team in order to achieve the high standards expected from customers.
You need to have a friendly and positive personality, making you an approachable staff member. Due to the amount of time you will be spending with the client, and your team, you will need to have good communication skills, and a pro-active ‘can-do’ attitude.
You will have to be neat and organised, and also be able to meet strict deadlines, as well as being able to work well under pressure.
The more experience you gain within the industry, the more your skills will grow.