Catering and Hospitality – A great place to work

The catering and hospitality industry experienced a turbulent time during the COVID-19 pandemic. This, alongside a change in labour markets over recent years, has made it a challenging area to recruit for. But the industry is resilient and has bounced back with an incredible boom. The opportunities available are plentiful and in the Partnership, you’ll find a wonderful variety of roles with clear progression paths if you’ve been in the industry for a while, or entry-roles if you’re just looking to get started in the industry.

In this latest blog, we take a look at what makes working in catering and hospitality a great place to work and the opportunities available right across the Partnership.

What makes Catering & Hospitality a good career path?

There is so much variety and progression available in catering & hospitality and many of the skills you will learn there are hugely transferable across our kitchens, front of house and elsewhere. You’ll be able to share your passion and knowledge of food and drink as well as learn to work in a very fast-paced environment. You’ll also be face-to-face with customers and Partners, learning how to work as a team and ensuring  everyone has the best possible experience with us.

At the Partnership, you’ll never be without the support of our knowledgeable teams who will give you all the time and tools you need to develop and learn in your job.  

It’s very much like being part of a small company with the stability of a big company, we work very closely as a team and have a lot of fun whilst also working hard

Rebecca McGonagle – Partner & Chef Tutor, Cookery School – King Cross

What are the types of catering and hospitality jobs?

Catering & Hospitality extends right across the Partnership including; John Lewis and Waitrose shops, Head Office and Distribution sites as well as our very own Partnership hotels (5 in total) found in stunning locations around the UK.

Here’s a more detailed look at our popular opportunities available:

Café Assistant Jobs (also known as Kitchen Assistants or Food Service Assistants)

Our Café Assistants are the face of our Partnership – acting as ambassadors, delivering an unrivalled experience and serving delicious food to our valued customers. Joining the Partnership as a Café Assistant may just be the start of a budding hospitality and catering career as we offer on-the-job training and investment in related skills – providing progression opportunities and the support you need.

Where will I find these roles?

You’ll find Cafe Assistants in our Waitrose & John Lewis shops.

Discover our Café Assistant jobs here.

Commis Chef Jobs

An integral part of the kitchen, our Commis Chef Partners are responsible for the smooth operation – be it for our Place to Eat customer restaurants, one of our hotels or serving and preparing in our Partner dining rooms. Joining the Partnership as a Commis Chef will offer you the chance to climb the first rung of your catering and hospitality career and jump straight into a varied, exciting and fast-paced kitchen – with the opportunity to learn from some of the best kitchen staff in the industry.

Where will I find these roles?

You’ll generally find Commis Chefs in most Partnership locations including; shops, head office and distribution sites and our hotels.

Discover our Commis Chef jobs here.

Chef de Partie Jobs

For those with experience as a Commis Chef, the step up to a Chef de Partie role may be the one for you. As a Chef de Partie, you may be responsible for a specific station within the kitchen, offering guidance to the Commis Chef while also supporting the Head Chef. As Chef de Partie, you would also be responsible for ensuring that dishes are prepared and cooked on time as well as assisting with recipe and menu development while minimising wastage.

Where will I find these roles?

You’ll generally find Chef de Parties in most Partnership locations including; shops, head office and distribution sites and our hotels.

Discover our Chef de Partie jobs here.

Catering Assistant Jobs

As a Catering Assistant Partner, preparing, cooking and serving food directly to our Partners with a smile is such an influential aspect of their working day. You will join a vibrant and busy catering team that operates behind the scenes in the kitchen and on the frontline in our Partner Dining Rooms (PDRs), engaging and interacting with other Partners – ensuring that the highest standards of catering are maintained at all stages.

Where will I find these roles?

You’ll generally find Catering Assistants in head office and distribution sites.

Discover our Catering Assistant jobs here.

Apprenticeships available in Catering & Hospitality at the Partnership

Apprenticeships are a great opportunity to learn new skills and start your career path off in the right direction. Whether you’re just leaving school or just looking for a change. We offer a number of different apprenticeships under the catering & hospitality umbrella which offer the very best progression routes. These include;

  • Level 2- Production Chef Apprenticeship
  • Level 2- Commis Chef Apprenticeship
  • Level 3 Chef de Partie Apprenticeship
  • Level 4 Senior Culinary Chef Apprenticeship
  • Level 2 Hospitality Team Member
  • Level 3 Hospitality Supervisor
  • Level 4 Hospitality Manager
  • Level 2 Butcher, Fishmongering and Cheese & Deli (Retail)
  • For more information on our Apprenticeships, click here.

Find Your Happier in our Catering & Hospitality teams

The Partnership is on a journey, an ongoing experiment to find happier, more trusted ways of doing business and all of our Partners, not just in catering & hospitality have a part to play.  When you join the Partnership you join a different kind of business. One that seeks to make a difference, not just to ourselves, but to the lives of everyone.

We embrace our differences, ensuring every voice is heard. And encourage each other not just to succeed, but to thrive.

It’s this shared purpose that drives us and guides all that we do. We truly believe that by working together in Partnership we can help create an environment with happier people, a happier business and a happier world.

We’re always searching for new Catering & Hospitality Partners to become an integral part of the day-to-day operations within either; our Waitrose & John Lewis stores, hotels, head office and distribution sites across the country.

Continue to browse for even more information on these areas and why the Partnership should be your number one choice when looking for opportunities in the catering and hospitality sector.

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