Who can join the apprenticeship scheme?

People already working in the hospitality sector, as well as new entrants, are welcome to apply. The scheme is also open to school leavers. Work trials with the chosen employer, before commencing the apprenticeship, will be encouraged. 

No formal qualifications are necessary. Apprentices must be under the age of 25 when they start.

Each participating hotel has a workplace assessor to support the apprentices within their property. The formal training is delivered by Hospitality Apprenticeship North East partner Training Matters


Most apprenticeship schemes pay the apprentice rate – which until April 2021 is £4.30.

However, apprentices on the Hospitality Apprenticeship North East scheme will be paid a minimum of the national minimum wage for their age, which between September 2021 and March 2022 is:

Under 18                    £4.62

18 to 20                      £6.56

21 to 22                      £8.36

23 & over                    £8.91

These rates are reviewed annually by the government.


Hospitality Apprenticeship North East is delivered by Training Matters