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Catering manager

Alternative titles for this job include Food service manager

Catering managers run the food service of organisations including restaurants, bars, schools, colleges and outside suppliers.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£34,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 41 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

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How to become Catering manager

You can get into this job through:

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


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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You could take professional catering qualifications at college then move into management. You could also do a qualification in hospitality management and find work as a trainee catering manager.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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You could do a Hospitality Manager Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship, if you've got experience in catering and have also worked as a supervisor.

You could also do a Hospitality Supervisor Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship and then progress to become a hospitality and catering manager.

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
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced 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.

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Further information

You can find out more about catering careers from Caterer.com and CareerScope.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • leadership skills
  • the ability to motivate and manage staff
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • customer service skills
  • business management skills
  • knowledge of food production methods
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a catering manager, you may:

  • recruit and train staff
  • manage a team, and organise shifts and rotas
  • plan finances, manage budgets and oversee stock control
  • meet suppliers and negotiate contracts
  • monitor the quality of the service to customers
  • follow food hygiene and health and safety regulations
  • cater for special diets and meet cultural and nutritional needs

Working environment

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

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could:

  • move into larger organisations or event catering
  • study for further qualifications to move into other hospitality roles
  • start your own contract catering business

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Front of House Supervisor Apprentice (Hospitality)

  • Wage: £13,312 to £23,795.20 a year Annually
  • Location: Lepton, Huddersfield

ASK Italian Moreton-in-Marsh, Level 3 Apprenticeship - Hospitality Supervisor

  • Wage: £9,984 to £17,846.40 a year Annually
  • Location: Moreton-in-marsh

Courses In England

Hospitality Management - HNC

  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Blackpool

FD in Hospitality Management - Middlesbrough College

  • Start date: 16 September 2024
  • Location: Middlesbrough

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