The Young Apprenticeship in Hospitality is a unique programme aimed at 14-16 year olds who would like to combine their traditional studies with a new learning experience in the hospitality industry. The Young Apprenticeship is run at a local level by partnerships consisting of schools, employers, training providers and colleges.
As part of the programme Young Apprentices study core elements of the National Curriculum such as Maths and English for three days per week. Two days a week or equivalent are then dedicated to learning towards a relevant level 2 hospitality qualification, such as a BTEC First Diploma in Hospitality.
The Young Apprentice spends 50 days over the two years with an employer for work experience and will be carrying out duties that are also relevant to the level 2 qualification the apprentice is working towards.
In September 2009 a new qualification called the Hospitality Diploma was launched. The Diploma provides a broader, more demanding content. It complements the Young Apprenticeship which is more occupationally specific and hands-on.
Young Apprentices undertake:
- Theory and practical learning leading to a Hospitality level 2 qualification
- A Food Safety qualification
- In some cases additional Industry qualifications in areas such as Health & Safety
- 50 days over 2 years on work experience with an employer gaining practical hands on experience