THE Irish Hotels Federation is calling on Leaving Certificate students to consider a future in tourism.
President of the IHF, Michael Vaughsan said that there are excellent career opportunities within the tourism and hospitality sector, particularly for skilled and qualified employees looking to progress rapidly to management roles. He noted that by now students throughout the country will have submitted their CAO applications. However, over the coming weeks, thousands will continue to examine their course options further and many will opt to avail of the change of Course facility, which is available up until March 1.
Commenting on the career opportunities in the sector, the Lahinch hotelier said, “The outlook for Irish tourism is very positive and there are many exciting opportunities for anyone beginning a career in the sector. We’re experiencing strong growth with trips to Ireland up significantly over the last 12 months and this is having a direct impact on employment.”
There are a large number of specialist courses available at third-level institutions throughout the country for students interested in pursuing qualifications for entry to the industry. In particular, the Institutes of Technology offer programmes from Level 6 to 9, so there is something on offer for everyone. These programmes have been developed in consultation with industry, ensuring they are relevant and current.
“Courses provided by the Institutes of Technology include culinary arts, hotel management, tourism management, bar and restaurant supervision and hospitality studies. Some of these programmes are financially supported by Fáilte Ireland. In addition many programmes have work-placement modules which provide students with an excellent opportunity to develop further skills and gain invaluable work experience,” Mr Vaughan said.