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Hospitality is an exciting and flexible industry offering a wealth of career opportunities in hotels, restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars and many other venues across Scotland.

The sector offers a wide range of careers and jobs available to anyone with the right attitude including:

  • Chefs
  • Housekeepers
  • Hotel and catering managers
  • Bar staff
  • Food service staff
  • Baristas

If you enjoy working with people and would like to work in an exciting and varied job this could be the career for you.

What's the qualification?

You’ll gain a Foundation Apprenticeship in Hospitality at either SCQF level 4 or 5, which is the same level of learning as a National 4 or National 5.

This includes:

  • A Skills for Work award (SfW) in Hospitality at SCQF Level 4 or SCQF level 5
  • A Work Based Challenge Skills unit at SCQF Level 4 or SCQF Level 5

What will I learn?

Your Skills for Work award will cover:

  • Working in the professional kitchen
  • Working front of house
  • Working in the hospitality industry
  • Events

You will use the skills and knowledge you develop in your Skills for Work award to design and deliver a project. You will:

  • Work closely with an employer
  • Deliver you project to a real-life client
  • Develop an understanding of the hospitality sector

Your Foundation Apprenticeship will also help you to develop meta-skills. These skills are highly valued by employers. Meta-skills include:

  • Self-management
  • Social intelligence
  • Innovation

These meta-skills are necessary and highly desirable for working in a range of other related jobs.


Where could it take me?

Your Foundation Apprenticeship gives you lots of options: it’s up to you where you go next.

  • A Modern Apprenticeship: On completing your Foundation Apprenticeship, you’ll have the knowledge and experience to progress your career through a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 5 or SCQF level 6.

  • Further education: Continue your studies at college with a related subject. Your work-based learning will support your college application.

  • Straight to a job: By developing your technical and meta skills, alongside your understanding of industry, you will have the key skills employers want. 

How will it work?

You'll complete your Foundation Apprenticeship at school, alongside your other subjects. You'll spend time learning with a provider, such as a college, and with an employer on a practical work project. It'll give your career a head-start, and look great on your CV.

How can I apply?`

If you're in S3 to S6, you can do a Foundation Apprenticeship.

If you're interested in studying a Foundation Apprenticeship at level 4 or 5, speak to your guidance teacher or careers adviser to find out what's available in your school.