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Job Description

Catering Managers will run the food and beverage services of organisations and businesses including schools, hospitals, factories, prisons, universities, cruise ships or they may work for a contract catering company which will provide services to a whole range of clients.  Responsibilities will include all aspects of the day-to-day running of the operations including supervising staff, ensuring health and safety regulations are observed, maintaining stock levels, liaising with suppliers and customers , planning menus and training staff.

Entry Requirements

You can get into this role through:


You could take professional catering qualifications at college then move into management. You could also do a Level 4 Diploma in Hospitality Management and find work as a trainee catering manager.

Entry requirements for these courses vary.


You could take a higher apprenticeship as a hospitality manager if you've got experience in catering and have also worked as a supervisor.

You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship.

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You could start as a kitchen assistant or trainee 'commis' chef and work your way up while learning on the job. You could apply for work with restaurants, bars or catering companies.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

Career path and progression

With experience you could move into larger organisations or those offering more specialised work like event catering.

You could also study for further qualifications in hospitality.

Another option is to start your own contract catering business.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Restaurant manager
  • Chef
  • Head chef
  • Baker
  • Cake decorator

Required Skills

  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • leadership skills
  • good customer service abilities
  • business management skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • Maths skills
  • Basic IT skills

Salary Range

£19,000 to £40,000

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