Oxfordshire Hospitality SWAP with Sodexo

Next course: Monday, August 1st

Join Sodexo’s team in Oxfordshire after earning an accredited Level 1 Qualification in Occupational Workplace Studies (Hospitality).

This is an exclusive sector-based work academy programme (“SWAP”): earn an accredited level 1 qualification, with guaranteed job interviews!

Nationally accredited

100% free

A two week course

Live virtual classroom

Employment support

Level 1 qualification

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Course Description

Sodexo is one of the UK’s best known hospitality employers. They’re recruiting hospitality staff for Oxfordshire-based government contracts – and they’d like to meet you.

This two-week, home-based course will prepare you with the specific skills that they’re looking for in new recruits, and each graduate will receive a guaranteed interview!

You’ll hear directly from their respective recruiting teams about their vacancies and gain exclusive insights. (For more information, click the ‘job details’ tab).

Plus, our specialist employment team is here to help you all the way through the job application process.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

    • Master the basics of food preparation and cooking and prepare simple dishes
    • Create a positive experience for customers in the hospitality industry
    • Explore different career paths within the hospitality industry
    • Understand how establishments differ within the hospitality and catering industry and what makes them unique
    • Maintain a safe and healthy workplace and correctly follow safety and security procedures

Course Length: This is a two week course

Course starting dates: September 5th, October 3rd

Free course for: Anyone who is unemployed and aged 19 or over who has been living in the European Union for the last 3 years

Qualification: You will receive a Level 1 Certificate in Occupational Workplace Studies (Hospitality).

Certified Awarding Body: NCFE

How Home Learning works: Each day you will have two live, interactive Zoom sessions with our experienced and dynamic Hospitality tutor: From 9:30am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm – 4:30pm.

Plus we’ll provide post-course employment assistance: get access to specially sourced job opportunities, and 1-to-1 advice on career direction, CVs, job applications, and more!

Course Content
  • Unit 1: Develop customer service skills

In this introductory unit, you’ll explore essential customer service concepts and uncover the benefits and importance of good customer service in the hospitality industry.

  • Unit 2: Customer service in the hospitality industry

In Unit 2, you’ll outline what constitutes good customer service, and explore examples of how to provide an excellent customer experience depending on your customer. In addition, you’ll develop techniques for ensuring positive customer communication.

  • Unit 3: Introduction to the catering and hospitality industry

During this unit, you’ll explore the different sectors of the catering and hospitality industry. You’ll find out about the various types of hospitality and catering establishments, their main features, and the various job roles available to you. Plus, you’ll learn about the relevant qualifications, training and experience required to work within this exciting sector.

  • Unit 4: Maintenance of a safe, hygienic and secure working environment

In the final unit, you’ll discover how to maintain personal health and hygiene in a safe and secure working environment. You’ll learn about proper workwear in the hospitality industry and how to identify any potential health and safety hazards and deal with them correctly.

Are you eligible to complete this qualification for free?

This qualification is 100% government funded if:

  • You were born before the 31st August 2003
  • You must currently live in England. However, anyone living in the following areas is not eligible for funding: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West Midlands and West of England
  • You have lived in the European Union for the last 3 years (unless you have have been given a special Visa/Residence permits that gives you the permanent right to remain)
  • Are Unemployed and can provide evidence (Subject to eligibility)
  • Can provide Identifications and relevant documentation as required
  • If on the 31st of August 2021, you were aged between 19-23, you need to have gained a full level 2 qualification (e.g. five or more GCSE/O-Levels at grades A* – C / 4 – 9, one A-Level, two/three AS-Levels, five or more CSE grade 1’s, GNVQ Intermediate, QCF Diploma Level 2)

RAF Brize Norton RAF

Vacancy Weekly Hours Salary Hours & Shift patterns
Cleaner 37.5 £9.50 Monday-Friday 8:00-16:00
Kitchen Porter 37.5 £9.50 Any 5 out of 7 between the hours of 7:00-19:00.
Kitchen Porter 17.5 £9.50 Any 5 out of 7 between the hours of 7:00-19:00.
Steward (waiter/waitress) 1x 20
£9.50 Any 5 out of 7 between the hours of 6:30-19:00
Kitchen porter 16 £9.50 Any 5 out 7 16:30-20:30
Steward Evening
16 £9.50 Monday-Thursday 16:30-20:30
30 £9.50 Working any 5 days out of 7 between 06:30-20:30
24 £9.50 Working any 5 days out of 7 between 06:30-20:30
General Assistant
(food service assistant)
37.5 £9.50 Working any 5 days out of 7
shifts- 7:00-1500, 11:30-19:30,19:00-7:00
Accommodation cleaning 10 £9.50 Saturday & Sunday 08-00-13:00
Bar steward 25 £9.50 25 hours per week & every other weekend 18:30-23:30
Retail Assistant 17.5 £9.50 Any 5 out of 7 between the hours of 0630-2030. Would be required to do some early starts to accommodate flights
Retail Assistant 20 £9.50
Retail Assistant 24 £9.50
Retail Assistant 37.5 £9.50 Monday-Friday
Retail Assistant 22.5 £9.50 Any 5 out of 7 between the hours of 0630-2030. Would be required to do some early starts to accommodate flights

Benson, Wallingford

Vacancy Weekly Hours Hourly Rate Salary Hours & Shift patterns
Head Chef 37.5 27.500,00 Five from Seven- Eight hours shifts
Chefs 37.5 £13.00 N/A Five from Seven- 7.5 hours shifts- Days 06.00am to 14.00pm Evenings 12noon to 20.00pm
Mess Hands/ KP’s 37.5 £9.50 N/A Five from Seven- 7.5 hours shifts- Days 06.00am to 14.00pm Evenings 12noon to 20.00pm
Bar stewards 32.5 £9.50 N/A Any 5 out of 7
Administrator 37.5 £9.50 N/A Monday-Friday

St. Georges Barracks, Bicester

Vacancy Weekly Hours Salary Hours & Shift patterns
Chef 37.5 £13.00 Any 5 out of 7 between the hours of 6:00-19:00
Mini Bus Driver/Cleaner 33 £10.00 Monday – Thursday 8:00-15:30
Friday 8:00-13:30
KP 30 £9.50 12 – 6.00pm M-F
Catering team leader 37.5 £13.00 Any 5 out of 7 between the hours of 6:00-19:00
Food service/retail assistant 35 £9.50 Monday-Friday 11:00-18:30 with Adhoc weekends to cover holidays

Dalton Barracks

Vacancy Weekly Hours Salary Hours & Shift patterns
Chef 37.5 £11.20 Any 5 out of 7 early- 6:00-14:00 Late 12:30-20:30
Steward 15 £9.50 Saturday and Sunday 18:00-23:00
Our Home Learning courses take place from the comfort of your home! You'll join a virtual classroom on Zoom.
All our courses are free for those who are unemployed, subject to eligibility.
You can enroll on one course at a time, but you can do as many as you like to achieve your career goals. We are happy to give you information, advice and guidance on any courses you wish to complete.
Of course. All our courses are accredited courses and you will receive a nationally recognised certification on achievement.
All our Home Learning courses are assignment based, you will need to complete assignments for each of the units of the qualifications and submit them to your assessor.
We continually try to make learning simple and transparent. Learning through our online platform is incredibly easy and you can navigate around your qualification quickly and access all the learning materials as soon as you login. Your studying should be about what you learn, not how you learn it. Which is why we make the entire process as simple as possible to help you adjust to learning online.
The general certification process is a minimum of 12 weeks. Due to the pandemic, the Awarding Bodies service has been impacted which can cause a delay. We are working hard to distribute all the certificates that we have received in a timely manner and we will send a text as soon as the certificates are ready. For all queries regarding certification please email us on certification@strivetraining.co.uk. When contacting us please include the following information: • Full Name • Title of the qualification • Contact details and address.
Next Steps

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