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    Sector Overview

    Travel & Hospitality

    • More than £135 billion is generated by tourism every year

    • The UK is the 7th largest international tourism destination

    • The average spend by a tourist is £601 across their trip

    • The starting wages in hospitality are quite low but rise very quickly when you get to management positions

    • 44% of the workforce in this sector is employed part-time

    • The number of restaurants has decreased but the number of people employed by restaurants has increased

    This sector is one of the most popular in the UK, especially with young people. Travel is great for those who want to travel. You will be arranging holidays for the lucky members of the public, or working as cabin crew jetting off around the world serving customers high in the sky. A popular job for young people is becoming a holiday rep abroad, or working in a US summer camp.

    Hospitality covers the hotel and restaurant trade, meaning you should get your smiles and service skills ready! Whether it’s managing staff, waiting on tables or cooking meals, this trade is all about what the customer wants.


    Travel & Hospitality

    Travel Agent

    All holidays have to start somewhere and it would be up to you to help customers choose their perfect holiday. You will have to have a good knowledge of the world and the ever changing travel industry so that you can plan and book exactly what the customer wants. The starting salary varies between £11,000 and £14,000.

    Cabin Crew

    With a uniform and a smile, you will be responsible for looking after the passengers travelling with you. This involves serving food and drinks, answering questions from the customers and giving advice and aid in tough situation. The perks speak for themselves, but as well as spending time in another country you can expect a starting salary of £14,000£16,000.


    If you have a flair for preparing delicious dishes and fantastic food, then this might be the career for you. The type of work you will be doing depends on where you are based; you could be in a pub, a hotel, a restaurant – anywhere you can see a menu. Jamie Oliver started out in an apprenticeship and he’s done alright for himself! You can expect to earn up to £13,000 as an apprentice, but once you qualify it can vary depending on your location.

    Bar & Waiting Staff

    Behind every good pub, restaurant, bistro and hotel lounge you’ll find staff working hard to produce high quality service and products. This job is ideal for those who enjoy mingling and meeting new people and if you do well enough, expect good tips. This industry is ideal for young people as the average age for starters is between 15 and 18. The starting salary is quite low and does depend on your age, but the average for starters is around £10,000.

    Hotels & Resorts

    Do you ever wonder who puts the little mint on your pillow in a hotel? Or who decides which meals you eat for dinner? This line of work has a variety of roles, from Receptionists and Porters to Booking Assistants and Maintenance. Customer service is a priority here, so always make sure you have a smile on your face! Salaries vary depending on the role, but starter’s salaries range from £10,000 to £13,000.


    Travel & Hospitality


    This is probably the most popular route into this sector – It’s where it all began for Jamie Oliver. The government are keen to help both starters and the currently employed to up-skill to match the requirements of their job Last year, over 24,000 Level 2 starters began their apprenticeships, which at this level will result in either a BTEC, Diploma or NVQ. Here are some of the Apprenticeship Frameworks you can expect to see:
    Hospitality Services • Food and Beverage Service • Housekeeping • Front of House • Travel Services

    Advanced Apprenticeships

    This is the equivalent of an A level, but without sitting in a classroom studying. Like a regular Apprenticeship, it’s suited to more practical fields of work and you earn as you complete your study. On completion you will receive a Level 3 award in the form of a BTEC, Diploma or NVQ.
    Hospitality Supervision and Leadership • Hospitality Retail Outlet Supervision • Travel Services (Head Office, Field and Leisure & Business)


    A-Levels are useful if you want to go on to university or study a foundation degree. Some A-levels you could take to get into this industry are listed below.
    English Language • Maths • Travel and Tourism • Business Studies • IT

    Foundation Degrees

    A Foundation Degree gives you both an academic and hands on experience and they are a great as either a gateway to university or into the working world. Usually, Foundation Degrees take two years to complete (although they can take up to four if you do them part time) and you will find yourself learning at both the university campus and in the workplace. You can do a Foundation Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

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