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.

Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher (degree) level, covering more than 170 industries and 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.

There are a few things you should know...

Apprentices are usually required to complete the equivalent of 4 days at work and 1 day at college (that’s 30 hours in a work-based environment).

  • You can’t however be in full time education and must be able to work in the UK.
  • You can study towards NVQ 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 £3.30 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
  • Your employer
  • Local college where you are studying
  • Careers Advisors
  • National Apprenticeship service
  • The Apprenticeships Guide

The following employers are currently running apprenticships:

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

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