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Hospitality apprenticeships

Seven new apprenticeship standards have been developed for hospitality. They form progressive career pathways, incorporating the knowledge, skills and behaviours employers have defined for today’s industry.

The standards have been designed so that they apply across the sector, allowing organisations to incorporate their own ways of working, products and services into the learning and development, whilst ensuring it meets one national standard.

Standards and assessment plans

The following standards and assessment plans have been approved for delivery and can be accessed here:

Awaiting approval:

In development:

The following standard has been withdrawn and is currently being revised and will be available for consultation later this year:

  • Senior chef culinary arts
Guidance documents to support delivery of the standards

The following guidance documents have been designed to help employers and training providers plan training programmes and to ensure the outcome of the apprenticeship standards is met by apprentices:

Employers occupational brief

Occupational briefs have been designed to help employers and training providers plan training programmes and curriculum to ensure the outcome of the apprenticeship standards is met by apprentices. The content has been written by People 1st with the input of employers and providers and are valuable tools to ensure the consistency of apprenticeship training. 

On-programme progression template

On-programme progesssion templates are available for the following standards

Readiness for end assesment template

These documents have been prepared for use in the apprenticeships as referenced in each assessment plan.

Apprentice authenticity statement

The template has been made available to assessment organisations to support the delivery of the end-point assessment.

Requirements for English and maths – applicable for ALL apprenticeship standards:

For apprenticeships at level 2:

If an apprentice has not already achieved level 2 English and maths they must:

  • Study for and take the tests for level 2 English and maths
  • Achieve level 1 English and maths

For apprenticeships at level 3 and above:

If an apprentice has not already achieved level 2 English and maths they must:

  • Achieve level 2 English and maths

Must be completed prior to independent end assessment


Withdrawal of apprenticeship pathways

As a result of our sector consultation, and communication with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), People 1st is extending the withdrawal date of apprenticeships pathways for hospitality, travel, bus and coach, retail, funeral services and aviation as outlined here.

These dates are final with exception of the three highlighted pathways where the replacement standards are currently being developed and are subject to approval. Any queries regarding this announcement should be directed to trailblazer@people1st.co.uk

Seasonal apprenticeships

Are you looking to employ apprentices on seasonal contracts? The Education & Skills Funding Agency is running a pilot for businesses in the hospitality & tourism sector to trial an approach that includes a break in apprentices’ learning.

Find out more

Case study: Carlos Cortacans, hospitality team member apprentice, PGL

Carlos Cortacans is among the first apprentices in the UK to complete the new hospitality team member apprenticeship standard. Despite having little previous experience of the catering industry, his apprenticeship has transformed him into a competent chef with a passion for cooking.

Read the case study

Frequently asked questions

Got a query about the apprenticeship standards? Visit our frequently asked questions on apprenticeships.

Members of the trailblazer group responsible for developing the hospitality apprenticeship standards include:

Azzurri Group, Bartlett Mitchell, Bourne Leisure, Brend Hotels, Brewdog, British Army, Caffe Nero Group Ltd, Center Parcs, Glendola Leisure Group, Greene King PLC, Hilton, J D Wetherspoon, Lancaster London, Livetts Group, Marston's PLC, Merchant Navy Training Board, Mitchells & Butlers, Omni Facilities Management, PGL, Pizza Hut, RAF AMT, Royal Automobile Club, TG19 Apprenticeship Centre, The Ritz London, Well Grounded Jobs

Employers supporting the development of the production chef (level 2) standard include: 

Azzurri Group, British Army, British Food Trust, British Takeaway Campaign, Center Parcs, Compass, Greene King, Harry Niazi, 
Hilton, LACA, Marston's PLC, Mitchells & Butlers, NACC, Nandos, Pizza Hut, RAF, Royal Navy, Sea Fish Industry Authority, TUCO