Is a Hotel Apprenticeship for you?

by Craig Abrahart

From exclusive city hotels and country B&Bs to holiday parks and youth hostels, there are thousands of places in the UK where people spend their holidays - not to mention the many exotic hotels and resorts around the world. If you're a cracking host and might like to work abroad one day, then a hotel apprenticeship could be a great way to get into the exciting travel and tourism industry.

Ensuring guests are happy and enjoying their stay is one of the main objectives of the hotel industry. It requires a lot of people working together across a variety of duties for this to happen, and a hotel apprenticeship addresses all of them. If you have got a bright personality plus a knack for customer service, you could work in reception and be responsible for making that all-important first impression of the hotel. If you'd prefer to be behind the scenes, you could work in housekeeping and ensure the rooms are pristine for guests.

A hotel apprenticeship does not necessarily mean working in a big hotel; it could also find you working in smaller guest accommodation. These can include a youth hostel or holiday park, where you'd learn a little bit of everything to help run the whole place.

Once you have completed this apprenticeship there is excellent opportunity for progression. You will obtain a Level 2 nationally recognised qualification in your chosen area, plus a technical certificate and key skills. After you have qualified you're likely to be earning anywhere from 11,000 to 15,000 a year plus some jobs could have additional perks, like free accommodation. believe that for you to succeed in the leisure and tourism industry you must have perfect customer care skills since the majority of your work will be interacting with customers and giving off a good impression of the hotel is crucial. You'll also need to be prepared to work hard. A career in travel and tourism is not one long holiday, and it takes a lot of effort to make sure people enjoy their holiday. Hotels employ staff around the clock so you need to be prepared to work some unsocial hours.

Hotels tend to spring up in nice places both in this country and beyond and with a bit more experience, you could be qualified to work in some amazing hotels, resorts and cruise ships around the world. If this sounds like the career path for you then why not take a look at some of the opportunities currently available.

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