I Want to Work In … Hospitality
Any job in the hospitality sector will involve a wide range of responsibilities and, even on a graduate training programme, you must be flexible and willing to muck in and do whatever tasks need doing. A relevant degree or postgraduate qualification is not always required but experience in some aspect of hospitality, however junior, is usually expected.
PROFILE: Hotel Manager
INVOLVES: Co-ordination & management of hotel, including: staff, accommodation, catering, ancillary services.
- There is an Occupational Profile on Prospects at www.prospects.ac.uk/links/HotManage
- People First www.people1st.co.uk/career-guide useful information for skills needed for hotel management
Hotel Graduate Schemes
- Hilton Hotels www.hilton.co.uk
- Inter-Continental Hotels Group www.ihgplc.com
- BDL Hotels www.bdlhotels.co.uk/bdl-hotels/graduate-scheme.html
- Premier Inn Graduate Scheme
- Marriott Hotels UK www.marriott.co.uk/careers/paths/entry-level-jobs/hospitality-training-programs.mi
- Edwardian Group London www.edwardian.com/careers/graduates-en.html
- Red Carnation www.redcarnationhotels.com/about-us/careers/whats-in-it-for-you
- Hilton http://jobs.hiltonworldwide.com/en/?cntry=united-kingdom
- Travelodge www.travelodge.co.uk/careers/graduate_scheme
- There is an Occupational Profile on Prospects at www.prospects.ac.uk/links/FastFood
- McDonalds www.mcdonalds.co.uk
- Moto www.moto-way.co.uk
You'll need some experience of having worked in a pub first of course, but most jobs advertised have flexible requirements. There is also an Innkeeping qualifying certificate from the British Institute of Innkeeping (see below)and a GNVQ in Pub Management.
There is an Occupational Profile on Prospects at www.prospects.ac.uk/links/PubManage
First Time In Hotel
For general information see:
- British Institute of Innkeepers www.bii.org includes careers advice
- The Publican www.thepublican.com careers advice and case studies
The following groups advertise vacancies:
- Greene King - pub tenancies www.greenekingjobs.co.uk
- The Spirit Group www.thespiritgroup.com
- Wetherspoons www.wetherspoonjobs.co.uk
There is an Occupational Profile on Prospects at www.prospects.ac.uk/links/RestManage
ExpressVending.co.uk UK supplier of vending solutions. Run an award winning graduate scheme and take on ambitious graduates www.expressvending.co.uk/company-information/careers.php
There is a brochure at: www.expressvending.co.uk/images/pdf/Graduate-Brochure-2011.pdf
General Information and vacancies
- Prospects Sector Briefing on Hospitality www.prospects.ac.uk/links/HospitalitySB you can also pick up a print version from the Careers Service.
- An overview of occupations within the hospitality sector, current issues, skills gaps and predicted trends can be found at: www.guidance-research.org/future-trends/hospitality
- Careers in Food & Drink www.careersinfoodanddrink.co.uk advice and information about jobs in all areas of food manufacture, sales and service
- Hospitality Graduate Recruitment www.h-g-r.com global agency which specialises in student and graduate recruitment in the hospitality industry
- List of graduate recruiters in the hospitality sector, from Manchester Metropolitan University www.mmu.ac.uk/careers/students-and-graduates/resources/guides/graduate-recruiters-hospitality-sector.pdf
- BnB Edition www.enjoybedandbreakfast.com/bnbedition/category/business/starting-b-and-b practical tips and marketing advice for bed and breakfast owners and those considering working self employed in the hospitality industry. Also advice on pub management
- The Caterer www.thecaterer.com has a graduate jobs section.
- Hcareers www.hcareers.co.uk all kinds of jobs in the hotel, catering and leisure industries
- The Institute of Hospitality www.instituteofhospitality.org website for hospitality, leisure and tourism professionals.
- Hotel Jobs www.hotel-jobs.co.uk recruitment agency for hotel jobs
- Sodexo www.sodexo.co.uk catering and events support
- CareerScope http://www.careerscope.uk.net/ - promotes careers in hospitality and related areas
- CareerScope http://careerscope.uk.net/getting-into-work - work experience service for students to apply for placements in the industry
- British Hospitality Association www.bha.org.uk national trade association for hotels, restaurants and caterers.
Last fully updated 2012