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Hospitality & Catering

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Hospitality & Catering

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With a wide variety of possible jobs and careers on offer, the hospitality industry is a popular choice amongst our students. It is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK, offering a wide range of jobs for people with all types of qualifications and experience.

There are many different types of businesses and settings that require people with catering and hospitality skills, from hotels and restaurants right through to schools, hospitals and even the Armed Forces.  Many people also set up their own catering business.

The range of skills needed include the preparation, cooking and service of food, customer service and front office operations. We offer training to develop the skills required to meet the needs of running these areas smoothly and professionally.

People taking hospitality and catering courses at Stoke on Trent College have access to our cutting-edge Lifestyle building, which has facilities in line with the standards expected by the industry.

Our experienced tutors and links with employers mean that we can offer great pathways into successful careers. We even offer a great student exchange programme with a college in France.


  • Trainee hotel managers can earn up to £20,000 a year
  • A Sous Chef can earn around £22,000 a year
  • The UK hospitality industry employs around 2 million people
  • There are tens of thousands of hotels, guest houses and B&Bs around the UK


  • Conference and Event Organiser
  • Hotel Manager
  • Hotel Receptionist
  • Restaurant
  • Owner / Manager
Vanessa Gratton

Vanessa is looking to become a Chef, and decided that the Catering and Hospitality Level 2 course would help in her getting a good position after studying. She has found the chance to cook and serve food in The Atrium Restaurant very useful in building the experience that employers look for.

Vanessa says:
“I chose to come to college and study rather than start a job in a lower position, and my qualification should help me to get a better job afterwards.

“I’ve loved my time here at college – the new facilities are absolutely brilliant. If you know what sort of career you want and are passionate about it, then you should definitely give college a go.”

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