Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes that are an excellent way of bringing new talent into the profession as well as developing the skills of existing members of staff. They allow apprentices to combine employment and training - earning whilst learning. Apprentices develop technical knowledge, through the study of a professional qualification, learn key employment skills and demonstrate their competence in the world of work. Apprenticeships are a great way to get started in the industry; they give you a chance to work with a real employer, earn a real salary and get real qualifications whilst gaining invaluable work-based experience.

An apprenticeship lets you get on-the-job training and study for qualifications at the same time. When you do an apprenticeship, you are an employee of the company that trains you, which means you will get paid at least £3.50 an hour, and often a lot more.

Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher (degree) level, covering more than 200 industries and more than 1500 job roles. You can find training offered by hotels, restaurants, contract caterers and school and hospital caterers. If you want to work in some of the top businesses in the industry you should start getting experience from an early stage.

Key things you need to know...

There's no set time to complete an Apprenticeship as they vary widely in content and size but all apprenticeships must be at least 12 months long.

Different types of apprenticeships take different amounts of time to complete, depending on the level, industry sector and employer. Typically, an apprenticeship takes between one and five years to complete.

An apprenticeship is a real job. You should work for at least 30 hours per week, alongside experienced members of staff to learn the exact skills needed for your chosen career. Most of your training will be delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills needed to do your job well. The rest of the training is given by a training organisation, either at work, off-site (possibly at college) or via e-learning. You can’t however be in full time education and must be able to work in the UK.

And some more…

  • You can study towards Levels 2 and beyond.
  • Between the ages of 16 and 19 an employer is able to deliver a fully funded apprenticeship.
  • Apprentices under the age of 19 earn a minimum wage of £3.50 p/h in their first year. If you are 19 or over and have completed the first year you will be paid the national minimum wage.

Who can help me?

Springboard National Apprenticeship Service
Your employer National Apprenticeship Guide
Local college where you are studying HIT Training 
Careers Advisors  

The following employers are currently running apprenticeships

Accor IHG
Amadeus Intercontinental Park Lane
Apex Landmark London
Arora Lancaster London
BaxterStorey The Langham London
The Cavendish, London Le Manoir
CH&Co Group Lexington Catering
Compass Group Lucknam Park
Corinthia Delaware North
Cote Brassiere Marriott
Elite Hotels Oakman Inns
Four Seasons Park Lane Park Plaza Group
Gather&Gather QHotels
The Goring Radisson Blu Edwardian, London
Hand Picked Hotels Red Carnation Hotels
Hilton Royal Garden Hotel
Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill  

Apprenticeships are real jobs for real people.

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