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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 various routes including a university or college course, an apprenticeship or working your way up from a catering assistant.

Some larger companies run graduate training schemes which usually accept students with a variety of degrees.

Relevant degrees and HND subjects include:

  • food science and technology
  • hospitality management
  • hotel and catering management
  • Business of management studies
  • culinary arts or culinary management

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

To get onto the higher apprenticeship you will usually need 4 or 5 GCSE's grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels or equivalent.

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

Starting Salary

£16,500 to £20,000

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