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Waiter in the UK

Published: 16.04.2015, Updated: 05.03.2017

Are you thinking of becoming a waiter when you are finished at school? Would you consider working abroad in an English-speaking country after your apprenticeship is completed? If so, the interview below will give you an idea of what it is like to work as a waiter in England.


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Before listening, use the dictionary to check that you know the meaning of the following words and expressions: folding napkins; cutlery; quick succession; customer; organisational skills; cheery personality

Listen to the following interview with a waitress in the UK and find out:

  • Where she works  (type of company - large/small, etc).
  • Where about in the UK she works.
  • Why she chose this profession.
  • What type of tasks she has to do on a typical day at work.
  • What personal qualities she suggests are needed by a waiter.
  • Does she describe any work processes or services that she provides?
  • What she likes best and least about her job.
  • How she thinks this line of work will change in the future.
  • Where she sees herself in 5 - 10 years' time.


Waiter - Interview

Apprenticeship and Training

  1. Find out about becoming a waiter in the UK. Make a table with 3 columns: What does the job involve, the salary, and the qualifications and training required. Below, you will find some useful links.
  2. Now compare a waiter's job and education in the UK with a waiter's job and education in Norway. Utdanning - Yrkesbeskrivelse  




After you have practised, add more dialogue for some of the following situations:

  • The guests have not made a reservation.
  • The waitress has to explain to the guests that they are busy in the kitchen, and that they may have to wait a while for their dinner.
  • The guests ask the waitress to recommend a wine from the wine list.
  • The guests complain that the window is draughty, and want another table.
  • One of the guests is allergic to spinach, and wants to replace the vegetable with something else.