Serve up a great client experience and help people to relax and enjoy their leisure time

Hospitality and travel is essential to the rest and relaxation of the entire country. The sector runs the restaurants where we eat, serves us from behind the bars of pubs where we drink, arranges the holidays on which we relax, and generally helps us to have fun-filled lives.

There are some fantastic opportunities in this sector. Fancy serving cocktails in a trendy nightspot? Want to advise travellers on their plans and arrange the routes they will take to and from distant lands? Or maybe you’d like to feel the buzz of working in a busy kitchen during the Saturday night rush. An apprenticeship in this section could lead you into any of these careers and more.

The apprenticeships in this sector focus on food and drink preparation and service, as well as a route into travel consultancy. If it’s travel to distant lands that you’re after yourself, you may want to take a look at the maritime caterer apprenticeship. A maritime caterer works as a member of the hospitality/hotel services department on board ships and vessels, preparing, cooking and baking various dishes, including fish, poultry, meat, vegetables and dough products, desserts and buffets, for passengers and crew.

Alternatively, if you’re more technically minded, you could work as a technician installing and maintaining drinks dispense systems for pubs, bars and clubs.

The Apprenticeship Guide sector head

Chef de partie

Run a specific section of a professional kitchen, such as sauces, pastries or fish A chef de partie is responsible for running a specific section of the kitchen. As this

Commercial catering equipment technician

Install, maintain and repair commercial catering equipment A commercial catering equipment technician installs, commissions, maintains and repairs commercial catering equipment, such as combination ovens, fryers, grills and griddles, cooking ranges,

Drinks dispense technician

Install and maintain drinks dispensing systems A drinks dispense technician works in a variety of venues that serve soft-drinks and alcoholic beverages to the public on a daily basis, including

Hospitality manager

Ensure excellent customer experience A hospitality manager works across a range of organisations including bars, restaurants, cafés, conference centres, banqueting venues, hotels and contract caterers. These managers generally specialise in

Hospitality supervisor

Supervise staff and activities within hospitality businesses A hospitality supervisor provides vital support to management teams and is capable of independently supervising hospitality services and running shifts. In this role,

Hospitality team member

Carry out a range of general and specialist roles within hospitality businesses A hospitality team member can work in a range of establishments, including bars, restaurants, cafés, conference centres, banqueting

Maritime caterer

Work as a member of the hospitality/hotel services department on board ships and vessels A maritime caterer works as a member of the hospitality/hotel services department on board ships and

Production chef

Work with centrally developed standardised recipes and menus, producing food often in high volumes Production chefs work as part of a team in time-bound and often challenging kitchen environments at

Senior culinary chef

Act as the culinary inspiration and leader of developing new recipes, dishes and menus A senior culinary chef develops new recipes, dishes and menus. As an apprentice, you’ll learn to

Senior production chef

Manage a team producing standardised dishes and menus within a kitchen environment A senior production chef strives to produce customers’ meals consistently to perfection, according to predetermined specifications. As an