Hospitality and Catering Apprenticeships

Since you were born you have learnt about the world similar to those undertaking hospitality and catering apprenticeships. Imagine, during your first couple of years you learnt to walk and talk by observing, copying and perfecting. Then as you learnt how to play football, you watched the premier league, practiced with your mates and eventually you were able to do however many keepy-uppies in a row. Then you learnt how to apply nail varnish, you watched YouTube videos, practiced on your own nails, and now have a salon ready look every time you leave the house. This is the same principle as an apprenticeship: observe, practice, perfect.

In this blog post we will go through each stage of a hospitality and catering apprenticeship, determining how you might do each of these stages and what might become of you if you get to the perfection stage.

man wearing white dress shirt

The three Apprenticeship Stages

Observe – Learning on the job

The central part to an apprenticeship is that you go to work. Through hospitality and catering apprenticeships, you are required to shadow someone in a job similar to the one you are aiming for. For example, if you were looking to be front of house you might follow  waitress or if you were considering the culinary aspect, you would shadow a chef.

During this shadowing, you should try to understand how their process works and how you can apply this to your everyday work. Here you will learn the basics.

Practice – Improve on the Job

At this point you’re ready to get stuck in. Start kneading the dough with your mentor watching or maybe start taking orders and welcoming people to the restaurant. All these observing and the practising patterns will come together and you will notice yourself improving. The main thing to note is do not be disheartened if at first you are not as good as you first expected to be. The whole point of a hospitality and c atering apprenticeship is to learn and improve on the job.

Perfect – Get the Job

Once you have completed your hospitality and catering apprenticeship, you will look to secure a job in the chosen sector. Slowly but surely, you will start to see an improvement in your day to day work and things that you once found difficult, you will no longer have to think about. This is when you know that you have reached perfection in your apprenticeship.

How Can A Tax Adviser Help You?

Self Assessment Tax Return Advice

A self assessment tax return is a system that HM Revenue and custom use to collect income tax. If you work for a company or are registered as being ‘on the books’ you will automatically pay tax weekly or monthly directly from your wages. Tax is calculated on earnings and deducted before you receive a wage.

If you are self employed, own a business or are a sole trader you are not enrolled in the automatic tax scheme, therefore, must complete a self assessment tax return every year to pay taxes on the money in which you have earnt. The tax year runs to 5th April and must be completed before 31st October that year. Below is a list of all those required to complete a self assessment tax return:

  • A person having capital gains tax to pay
  • The self employed including someone in a partnership
  • Employment income on PAYE who earn above £100,000
  • Controlling company (but not those who run a non-profit organisation)

Self Assessment tax returns can be a daunting job and you must keep records of all incoming and outgoings for the year to enable you to complete your tax return correctly. If required, you can appoint someone to do this for you. This can be a friend, relative or a tax adviser. Tax advisers however, will come at a cost but to ensure the tax return is completed correctly this may be the best form of action. Tax advisers will use their knowledge of tax legislation to provide advisory services to clients. They will cover areas such as National Insurance, Personal Tax, Corporate Tax and VAT to ensure your tax return is completed to standard.

tax adviser imagetax adviser image 2

If required to do so Tax Advisers can then continue to work for you or your company to ensure monthly book keeping is kept up to date and your business falls in line with new legislation as and when they are updated. Having a regular accountant working for your company means you can then focus your attention on other sectors of your company without the financial worry of outgoings and tax.

Business Communication Methods

Business communication is an important aspect to both employees and employers to ensure the day to day running of a business goes as smoothly as possible. Having strong communication skills benefits your relationship and the organisation as a whole. Incidents, accidents, company or customer updates should be communicated to all person(s) within the organisation to ensure knowledge and safety is met in a satisfactory timescale.

The method in which employers communicate with their staff can vary dependant on the company. Smaller companies who are based in one location can hold verbal meetings where all members of staff can be updated in one place at one time. For companies where staff work from home or in multiple offices conference calls can be made simultaneously. Several people at multiple locations can share business communication as one joint telephone call. This method is beneficial for business needs that require the input of several individuals.

business communication        business communication 2

However, If you are a corporate company it may be difficult to carry out verbal discussions with all members of staff at one time. This is where emails can become very handy, written communication can be communicated with every person in one attempt, written communication can be beneficial if you are compiling documents that need to be referred back to, such as a contract or agreed terms that have to be documented. Written agreements are preferred when official documents are being communicated.

Various companies are now using a new business communication method where all members of staff can download a business application to their mobile device. The use of this application means that staff and managers will receive notifications as soon as new communication is added. A corporate messaging service direct to your mobile phone, that can be viewed at any time. This is beneficially for employees who are not based at one location, maybe multiple offices or outdoors where communication may not reach them as soon as it’s required.

Whichever method is chosen it is essential that businesses communicate to ensure the running and growth of an organisation is met and your employees are supported.

business communication 3

Eye Bolts

An eye bolt is a bolt with a loop at one of the ends. It is usually used to attach an eyebolt to a structure so that a cable or wire can be tied to it.

There are many different variations of an eyebolt, such as:

Dynamo Eye bolt: A dynamo eyebolt will have a larger eye hole than usual and have the name of a Dynamo eye bolt because they were originally used to safely lift Dynamo motors vertically.

Palm Eye bolts: A palm eye bolt is an eyebolt with two straight sides.

Collared eye bolts: The collared eye bolts are mainly used in lots of lifting applications they enable a safe means of lifting by allowing a lifting point so equipment can then be attached, and products lifted safely.

Shackle eye bolts: Shackle eye bolts have curved sides; these are mostly used in the lifting industry and have been for years.

Pigtail eye bolts: Pigtail eye bolts are mainly used for the suspension of pipes and conduits, mostly used underground.

Machinery eye bolts: A machinery eye bolt is fully threaded; these can be used for angular loads up to a 45-degree angle.

The most common types of eye bolts that are used in industrial applications are also nut bolts and screw eye bolts. All eye bolts come in two types of styles plain and shoulder. Each of these does come in different sizes.

As you have read above eye bolts come in various designs, the correct type of eyebolt must be used for the correct job. Each eye bolt used must ensure that it exceeds the working load limit for the job required.

Eye bolt screws
Eye bolt screws

Credit Repair

Do you find yourself searching for “apply for car finance bad credit” you are not alone!

Have you ever been in the situation where you apply for car finance with bad credit? It is a situation a lot of us find ourselves in. It can be a struggle to get any kind of finance if you have bad credit.

In the past if you have found yourself trying to apply for car finance with bad credit, you may wonder if there is anything you can do to reverse the bad credit, well there is!

There are credit repair companies out there that will do the hard work for you. Legitimate credit repair companies will only charge for credit repair services once they have got results. The credit repair organizations act forbids any credit repair company from accepting payments in advance.

Credit repair companies claim to help you remove information such as county court judgement and defaults from your credit file. However, companies will only amend or delete information from your history when instructed to do so by the institution that has originally provided it. We suggest before paying a credit repair company any money, seek advice from friends or family or even the citizen’s advice bureau to make sure you are doing the right thing and not just throwing more money away.

You can improve your credit rating yourself without the help of a credit repair company. From now on start making your payments regularly and on time. Having little or no credit history is sometimes just as bad as not paying in regards to your credit score, having no credit history makes it hard for companies to assess you so actually getting a credit card (making sure you pay it off in full and on time EVERY month!) can increase your credit score.

Managing to improve your credit score means companies see you as a lower risk, making it more likely that you will be approved for credit.

In the future, you may get lower interest rates, higher credit limits and it will most certainly give you access to more offers such as loans or mortgages.