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.
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.
- 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
£16,500 to £20,000