Berkshire Hospitality Career Starter Kit

Are you looking to retrain as a Chef, Bartender or Waiter? Are you looking to start a completely new career in Hospitality?

If you live in Berkshire and are Unemployed we have funding to provide you with training and a certified Level 2 Food safety Qualification that will help you achieve your goal.

Funded by Skills Support for the Unemployed and Skills Support for the Workforce from the European Social Fund, Skills for Progress are delighted to be able to offer this training package to unemployed job hunters looking to get started in a career in catering.

The Berkshire Hospitality Career programme is made up of two sections. The first is our Level 2 Food Safety Qualification and the second is our Employability Skills Course.

The Level 2 Food Safety Course has been created and presented by Stuart Blakeledge, a Skills For Progress mentor with over a decade of senior catering experience as a chef and kitchen manager. This means the course has practical hospitality experience incorporated into it’s syllabus which covers a variety of subjects including the legal responsibilities of food workers and their employers aswell as providing context to the laws that govern the industry. Alongside the regulatory side of hospitality, this course provides practical knowledge on how to work efficiently and safely giving the learner a valuable inside to their new chosen career. Upon completion of this part of the course you will receive a Level 2 Food Safety Qualification certified by Open Awards, an invaluable addition to your CV that will set you apart from other applicants.

The Employability Skills Course is designed to help learners track down the catering role that is right for them, and give them the skills to develop with in that role and the wider hospitality industry.

Learn how to master hospitality specific Job interviews, promotional interviews and learn how to manage a team confidently. Also learn valuable mental health skills, such as stress management in a catering setting and how to support your self and others.


  • Gain a Level 2 Food Hygiene Qualification
  • Gain useful job hunting skills to help you find the right catering role
  • Learn how to secure the kitchen job you are looking for with our specialist interview training.
  • Make your application stand out from the crowd!
  • The Entire course is Delivered online
  • 24/7 access – courses are pre-recorded in 10-15 minute bite sized chunks
  • Complete faster with our Ultra Accelerator (as quickly as 2 hours)

Relevant skills

This course features training from former qualified chefs with over a decade of hospitality experience meaning this course is tailored to fit the exact needs of aspiring chefs, waiters and bar tenders.

Free training

As well as the Level 2 food hygiene course you will also have access to a library of over 100 short courses, meaning that you can pick the ones most relevant to you. Options include:

  • Advanced CV writing
  • Advanced Hospitality job interview skills
  • Personal resilience
  • Managing stress
  • Supporting the wellbeing of others (home and workplace variants)
  • Leadership skills
  • Management skills
  • Performance management
  • Many others also available…

Want a qualification to boost your CV?

Learn more about the Level 2 Food Hygiene qualification by following this link:


To be eligible for this Free Qualification and Free training you need to:

  1. Be unemployed
  2. Live in Berkshire
  3. Have a right to live and work in the UK

Start today

To get started follow this link

or find out more, please email or call 02381 120010.