Key Catering Assistant qualifications
Do you have the qualifications to get the job?
Aside from having the basic GCSE’s grades A*-C, you could look into some further courses in hospitality and catering, such as:
Vital Catering Assistant skills
Want to know if you’ve got what it takes? These are the skills you’ll need for the role
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Ability to follow instructions
- Good communication skills
- Customer service skills
- High standards of hygiene
- Ability to keep calm under pressure
What is a Catering Assistant salary?
As a full time catering assistant, you will have a starting salary from around £12,000 and as you gain experience it could rise to £16,000. Hourly rates will depend on your age, however you can expect to earn between £5 and £8 per hour. Both full time and part time positions are usually available as well as seasonal work.
How to become a Catering Assistant
Now that you know what a Catering Assistant does, how do you become one?
One way you could get into this career is by doing a hospitality apprenticeship. You can qualify for this with GCSE’s, depending on the level of the apprenticeship that you are applying to. You will learn everything you need to know on the job whilst gaining qualifications at the same time. The apprenticeship rate of pay is usually quite low, however this will go up on completion of the course and as you gain more experience.
If an apprenticeship isn’t for you, you could gain basic qualifications full time, before applying for a job as a catering assistant. There are often opportunities to gain further qualifications whilst working. If you can show a keen interest in the catering industry and have the basic food safety hygiene certificates on your CV, then the job should be yours in no time.
How to develop your Catering Assistant career
There are exciting times ahead, because the next logical stage of your career is to progress to a kitchen supervisor or a catering manager. With dedication and hard work you can work your way up the ladder and manage you own team of catering assistants. This won’t happen over night though, you’ll have to prove yourself and earn the position by gaining years of experience.
If you especially enjoy the cooking aspect of the job, you can look into progressing to a trainee chef.
And if being behind the scenes just isn’t your thing, then why not move into front of house roles such as waiting/waitressing or bar work?
There are so many opportunities that you could go into within the catering and hospitality industry.