What's Hospitality like?

Hospitality is an exciting and flexible industry. It offers career opportunities in hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars and other venues across Scotland.

The sector has a wide range of jobs for 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. That's the same level of learning as a National 4 or National 5.

This includes:

  • a Skills for Work award in Hospitality at SCQF Level 4 or 5
  • a Work Based Challenge Skills unit at SCQF Level 4 or 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'll use the skills and knowledge you develop in your Skills for Work award to design and deliver a project. You'll:

  • work closely with an employer
  • deliver your project to a real client
  • develop an understanding of the hospitality sector

Your Foundation Apprenticeship will also help you to develop meta-skills. Employers value these skills, which include:

  • self-management
  • social intelligence
  • innovation

You'll need these meta-skills for working in a range of other related jobs.

Where could it take me?

Your Foundation Apprenticeship gives you lots of options, including:

  • Modern Apprenticeship: When you complete your Foundation Apprenticeship, you could progress through a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5 or 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: You'll develop your technical and meta-skills, and your understanding of the industry. That means you'll have the key skills employers want. 

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How will it work?

You'll complete your Foundation Apprenticeship at school, alongside your other subjects. You'll learn with a provider, such as a college, and with an employer on a practical 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.

Want to do a Foundation Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 4 or 5, like this one? Speak to your guidance teacher or careers adviser to see what's available in your school.