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Travel & Tourism (including Hospitality & Catering)

This sector includes passenger transport (by land, sea, inland water and air), hotels and other holiday accommodation, catering, museums and other cultural attractions, and amusement and recreation. Nationally, the long-term prospects for the sector are good; demand for graduates is expected to grow, with 69,000 more managerial jobs over the next eight years.

Types of Job

Air cabin crew
Nation Average Salary: £23,667
Hotel manager
Nation Average Salary: £32,486
Tourist information centre assistant
Nation Average Salary: £21,996
Cruise ship steward
Nation Average Salary: £21,996

Do you like working with people? Are you flexible, a good team worker and willing to provide a high standard of customer care? Are you a foodie?

This broad work sector has a number of different apprenticeship opportunities and levels, depending on where your interests lie.

Many tourism apprenticeship opportunities have strong links to customer care and business administration roles, where providing a great customer experience is essential, whether you are working in a museum, an airport or a hotel!

Within the Hospitality and Catering aspects of the sector, there are many distinct apprenticeship opportunities, including; Food Manufacture, Professional Cookery (Patisserie and Confectionery), Hospitality Services and Supervision.

So you could be preparing and cooking pastry products, producing laminated pastry, preparing and serving cocktails, supervising food services to name but a few roles within this diverse industry. For all roles, focusing on health, hygiene and a safe working environment is really important.

Remember to look at entry requirements and progression routes with your chosen providers as part of your decision making process. Talk to as many people as possible and do your research.

Regional Facts

Within SCR, the work areas of sport, leisure and tourism is classed as a growth sector. It has an output of £800 million and generates around 50,000 jobs.

Doncaster Sheffield airport handled 856,592 passengers in 2015; this is set to increase significantly with many new flights running in 2016.

In 2014 there were around 49,500 jobs in travel and tourism, up from 45,000 in 2011.

The Tour de France ‘Grand Depart’ in 2014 and The Tour de Yorkshire have boosted visitor numbers and tourism generally to the area.

High profile visitor attractions include Doncaster Racecourse and the Yorkshire Wildlife Park (one of the fastest growing attractions in the area).

Good people skills are essential for most jobs within this sector, dealing with customers on a daily basis.

Career Facts


  • Teamworking
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Negotiation skills
  • Patience
  • Customer Focus

Useful subjects include:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Sciences
  • Business admin
  • ICT
  • Languages

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