A career in hospitality

Enjoy working with people and helping others? Top-notch customer service is important in the hospitality industry, so great communication and people skills are key.

Hospitality is a large industry with a lot of different roles, including working in hotels, restaurants, bars and cafés.

“I’m one of seven siblings and I was always the family cook. Every time we had get-togethers I’d try to make fancy dinners out of corned beef, chicken backs, chop suey and taro!” Fou Fale, Certificate in Cookery

A career in hospitality might mean working in these jobs:

Chef or cook
Catering manager
Café worker
Waiter or waitress
Hotel worker or manager
Holiday park manager

How do I train?

Trades training is flexible. You can:

  • Do a pre-trades programme, then get a job and apprenticeship
  • Get an apprenticeship straight away and study while you work

Many people start with a pre-trades programme at a training institution. This will give you the hands-on experience and theory you need to prepare you for work. If you qualify for one of our scholarships, we’ll give you financial help and support you to train – and we’ll even help you find work when you finish.

If you already have experience in the trades or are ready for working life and happy to study while you work, you might look at going straight into an apprenticeship. We can help you make that decision, and we might even know someone who needs an apprentice like you.

How do I fund my training?

There are a few ways to get your fees paid – but they’re not all the same.

Only available to Māori and Pasifika learners, the MPTT scholarship doesn’t just cover your course fees, it gives you the most well-rounded support to get a job in the trades.

Find out how the MPTT scholarship compares to other funding options.