Open a door to the world as you serve up a great client experience

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 bar 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 up 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 weekend rush. An apprenticeship in this section could lead you into any of these careers and more, as the skills you learn are readily transferable with great job satisfaction.

The apprenticeships in this sector focus on food and drink preparation and service, as well as a route into travel consultancy. If travelling around the world yourself interests you, you may want to take a look at the maritime caterer apprenticeship. A maritime caterer works as a member of the hospitality and 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 the passengers and its crew.

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

A career in hospitality can be the key to discovering new countries, new cultures and new people.

The Apprenticeship Guide sector head


Make bakery products in a craft, plant or retail bakery There are many varied employment and career opportunities in the bakery industry. This is a core and option apprenticeship standard.

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,

Commis chef

Prepare food and carry out basic cooking tasks in every section of a kitchen A commis chef is the most common starting position in many kitchens and the most junior

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,

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

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