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Job Description

Waiters or Waitresses will serve food and beverages to the guests in the restaurant or at the event. They will also prepare tables, greet customers and advise on menu choices.

Entry Requirements

There are no set requirements, but you'll need a good standard of maths and English and excellent communication skills. Previous customer service experience would be helpful.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Career Path and Progression

With experience you may be able to progress to head waiter or waitress, or restaurant supervisor.

You may also be able to go into related areas of work like restaurant and kitchen management or purchasing.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Bar person
  • Barista
  • Restaurant manager
  • Chef
  • Head chef
  • Counter service assistant
  • Cruise ship steward

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • a good standard of personal hygiene
  • the ability to remain calm under pressure
  • an interest in catering
  • excellent customer service skills
  • friendly personality

Starting Salary

£12,000 to £27,000

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