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Catering manager Green Job

Catering managers run the food service of organisations including restaurants, bars, schools, colleges and outside suppliers.

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £34,000

Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 41 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; on shifts

Future employment

There will be 4.8% fewer Catering manager jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

As a catering manager, you may:

  • recruit and train staff
  • manage a team, and organise shifts and rotas
  • plan finances, manage budgets and oversee stock control
  • meet suppliers and negotiate contracts
  • monitor the quality of the service to customers
  • follow food hygiene and health and safety regulations
  • cater for special diets and meet cultural and nutritional needs

Working environment

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work at a restaurant, at a school, in an NHS or private hospital, in a hotel or at a conference centre.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree.

Useful subjects include:

  • business and hospitality management
  • culinary arts or culinary management
  • hotel and catering management

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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You could take professional catering qualifications at college then move into management. You could also do a qualification in hospitality management and find work as a trainee catering manager.

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You could do a Hospitality Manager Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship, if you've got experience in catering and have also worked as a supervisor.

You could also do a Hospitality Supervisor Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship and then progress to become a hospitality and catering manager.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
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You could start as a kitchen assistant or trainee 'commis' chef and work your way up while learning on the job. You could apply for work with restaurants, bars or catering companies.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Further information

You can find out more about catering careers from and CareerScope.

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With experience you could:move into larger organisations or event catering; study for further qualifications to move into other hospitality roles; start your own contract catering business

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • leadership skills
  • the ability to motivate and manage staff
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • customer service skills
  • business management skills
  • knowledge of food production methods
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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