Licensed hospitality apprenticeship

Pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, hotel and venue bars, they are all part of the licensed hospitality industry. It’s an industry that’s at the heart of every community, where most of us have memories of good times and great nights!

Not surprisingly, the licensed hospitality sector is a mainstay of the British economy, revitalising itself year after year to remain modern and appealing. Thousands of young people’s first jobs, and often their favourite, are in licensed hospitality, many move on to other careers within the sector but a growing number are realising this industry they know and love offers rewarding careers of epic proportions.

The Intermediate Level apprenticeship in Licensed Hospitality will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to work behind a bar or in any customer-facing role in licensed hospitality premises. You will gain your Personal Licence Qualification in addition to learning about serving food and drink, payments, cellar and stock management to ensure that beer quality is maintained and you will also gain a knowledge of all the legal frameworks for compliance – a must when you are looking to advance your career prospects. If you are working in a supervisory role within licensed hospitality premises then the Advanced Level apprenticeship is for you. The apprenticeship covers leadership and management, motivating a team, marketing, profit, loss and budget control and customer excellence.

To become a Licensed Hospitality apprentice you must be aged 16 or over as mandatory units are based around the sale, service and delivery of alcohol. In addition, as most roles are customer facing, you will need a positive attitude, good communication skills, a desire to provide an excellent level of customer service and a willingness to work as part of a team.

If you wish to learn chef skills, a Pub Chef apprenticeship is also now available as a pathway within the Catering and Professional Chefs Apprenticeship.

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Intermediate (Level 2); Advanced (Level 3)

Starting salary (once qualified):


Job roles:

Barperson, Bar supervisor, Assistant bar manager, Bar manager, Waiting staff, Kitchen staff

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