Hospitality and Catering
Why do we teach Hospitality & Catering?
Food Technology, Hospitality & Catering develops skills that are easily transferable, relevant and sought after in a wide range of career paths in the industry and also for future life. Students learn a range of practical skills, and also about food safety, nutrition and healthy eating. We teach the fundamental skills of teamwork and communication that can be applied in a range of careers and situations. Students work and apply themselves differently in the kitchen compared to a conventional classroom allowing them to be time effective and independent; the sense of pride and achievement that students feel having made a superb plate of food is immeasurable. Above all students learn real work skills to allow them to succeed in a real work environment.
The hospitality and catering sector includes all businesses that provide food, beverages, and/or accommodation services. This includes restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars. It also includes airlines, tourist attractions, hospitals and sports venues. According to the British Hospitality Association, hospitality and catering is Britain’s fourth largest industry and accounts for around 10% of the total workforce. Since 2010, over 25% of all new jobs have been within the hospitality and catering sector with the majority of new roles falling within the 18-24 age group. Studying Hospitality and Catering provides students with extensive vocational experience within this important industry.
Key Stage 4
The WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering supports students who want to learn about this vocational sector and the potential it can offer them for their careers or further study. It is designed to provide a firm foundation for further study within the industry and provides an opportunity to develop a range of specialist and general skills that would support their progression to employment. Employment in hospitality and catering can range from waiting staff, receptionists and catering assistants to chefs, hotel and bar managers and food technologists in food manufacturing. The WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering is made up of two mandatory units:
- Unit 1 The Hospitality and Catering Industry
- Unit 2 Hospitality and Catering in Action
Through the two units, learners will gain an overview of the hospitality and catering industry and the type of job roles that may be available to assist them in making choices about progression.