Leisure, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Guide

Do you fancy yourself as the next Heston Blumenthal? Do you find yourself casually whipping up Duck a l'Orange on the weekend? Or maybe you want to find out more about how hotels work.

A career in the world of leisure, tourism and hospitality is full of opportunities and many a famous face started out as an apprentice or a school leaver.

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Leisure, tourism and hospitality is an evolving industry

More than 100 years ago week-long holidays abroad were unheard of. Those who could afford to travelled, via train, to coastal towns such as Margate, Blackpool and Brighton.

Now this industry is one of the fastest moving and developing globally and the third biggest in the UK.

As advances in technology and transport make travelling easier and cheaper the industry is only going to grow more, meaning even more career opportunities for young people, apprentices and school leavers.

What do we actually mean by leisure, tourism and hospitality?

When we talk about the hospitality industry as a whole, we’re not just talking about evenings out, holidays abroad or to the coast; this industry covers everything.

Think of all the hotels, hostels, restaurants, leisure centres, travel companies, airlines, tourist attractions, festivals, pubs and coffee shops you know of.

Add to that the larger institutions with catering / leisure sections such as schools, cinemas, hospitals and large private businesses; the industry and opportunities within it are endless.

What careers, apprenticeships and school leaver programmes are available in hospitality?

Roles within leisure, tourism and hospitality could be anything from administration and customer service to catering.

The sector naturally has a very hands-on approach to work, with lots of ‘on the job’ learning and direct interaction with customers.

It has therefore been involved in offering apprenticeship and school leaver opportunities for years - so you’ll find lots of opportunities out there for you, not just in the UK but worldwide!

Who else started out as an apprentice?

Did you know that famous names in catering such as Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay started out as apprentices? Just look where they are now.

Catering covers prestigious Michelin-starred and hotel restaurants. A career in catering therefore helps to develop great time-management skills and the ability to follow a structure and rules.

What sort of skills do you develop by working as an apprentice or school leaver in leisure and tourism?

  • Teamwork
  • Time-management
  • Interpersonal
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Organisational

What companies could you work for as part of an apprenticeship or school leaver scheme?

  • Mitchells & Butlers
  • Jamie Oliver
  • Tui Travel
  • ...and loads more!