Maritime caterer apprenticeship

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 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/or crew. During the maritime caterer apprenticeship, your role will also include food purchase and storage, budgeting and menu planning. These are specific to the needs of crew and passengers, and with regard to the endurance of the vessel to be at sea, its food storage capabilities and the fresh produce available on board. Customer service is an important part of the role, along with a range of shipboard safety duties and responsibilities. You’ll work a shift rota, as determined by the vessel operations, often working alongside other ratings and seafarers from a range of different nationalities. Be prepared to spend a lot of time away from home on this apprenticeship, and to work shifts.


Duration: 24 months

Relevant school subjects: Food technology

Entry requirements for the maritime caterer apprenticeship: Apprentices will need to pass the medical entry requirements as defined in MCA regulations (ie, the ENG14 seafarer medical certificate) before starting the apprenticeship

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £23,000 per annum

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