JOBS & CAREERS SPRING 2018 - 110
There are a wide range of roles
available, depending on your
interests, qualifications and
experience. There are diplomas
and courses - from catering
management to professional
cookery, and silver service waiting
to sommelier training - which will
give you the skills and confidence
to enter the industry at a higher
level. There are also ample
opportunities to start with no
qualifications or experience at all,
and train on the job. Many people
start at the bottom and work their
way up to managerial roles.
It's also a sector that offers
flexibility. If you need to fit work
around other commitments,
there are opportunities for
part-time jobs and casual shifts.
Some work is seasonal.
So whether your ambition is to
run a small café, become head chef
at a Michelin-starred restaurant,
produce food for weddings, make
sure schoolchildren get nutritious
meals to fuel their learning or
simply fit casual shifts around your
family, this could be the industry
for you. Here are just a few of
the roles you could consider...
1 1 0 /// J O B S & C A R E E R S
There are ample
opportunities to start
with no qualifications
or experience and train
on the job
Working in high-end restaurants
and at formal events, silver-service
waiters transfer food from platters to
plates at the table. You'll work under
the supervision of a maître d' and
have to adhere to very strict etiquette.
What skills and qualifications
do I need? Silver-service staff may
be trained on the job or sent on
a course. You can also apply for a
course independently. Previous
waiting experience is valuable and
good people skills are essential. You
need the ability to work well under
pressure, and look smart at all times.
How much can I earn? Staff earn
£8 to £10 an hour, and hours are
variable. A maître d' can earn up
to £17,000 a year.