How to become a catering manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

University

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree. Useful subjects include:

  • business and hospitality management
  • culinary arts or culinary management
  • hotel and catering management

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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College

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

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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Apprenticeship

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

Entry requirements

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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Work

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.

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Further information

You can find out more about catering careers from the Hospitality Guild and CareerScope.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • customer service skills
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • business management skills
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day tasks you may:

  • plan and develop menus to increase sales
  • recruit and train staff
  • organise shifts and rotas
  • plan finances, manage budgets and stock control
  • meet suppliers and negotiate contracts
  • monitor the quality of the service to customers
  • run the business in line with health and safety and food hygiene regulations
  • cater for special diets and to meet nutritional needs

Working environment

You could work at a restaurant, at a school, in an NHS or private hospital, in an office or at a conference centre.

You may need to wear a uniform.

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.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Hospitality Team Leader Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £279.00 Weekly
  • Location: Stoke-On-Trent

Apprentice Hospitality Manager

  • Wage: £180.00 - £240.00 Weekly
  • Location: Windlesham

Courses In England

Hospitality and Events Management - Foundation Degree

  • Provider: BLACKPOOL AND THE FYLDE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2021
  • Location: Blackpool

Professional Cookery and Hospitality Level 4

  • Provider: SALFORD CITY COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 August 2021
  • Location: Salford

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