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Opportunities for tourism and hospitality employees to upskill

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The temporary loss of approximately 100,000 jobs in the tourism and hospitality sectors nationally has decimated the industry in the short term. Kerry and Donegal have been identified as the counties most affected by job losses in tourism with approximately 15,700 tourism and hospitality employees currently unemployed in Kerry. This has had a devastating impact on local businesses, families and individuals.

It looks likely that many parts of the sector may not open until the summer. As a result, two new skills programmes have been developed by Solas and the Education and Training Boards (ETBs) in conjunction with the Irish Hotels Federation and Fáilte Ireland.

Details of the programme were announced by Minister Simon Harris recently and they will provide a much needed boost to employees in the sector. The courses are aimed at upskilling and reskilling employees who work in hospitality and tourism to ensure that the sector can grow and develop in the future and to optimize career prospects for employees in the future. The Developing Leaders for Hospitality programme aims to equip employees with enhanced skills to lead and manage their teams effectively and includes modules such as operational skills, customer care, people management, financial and controls, strategic planning, change management, sustainability and digital skills. The Leadership and Management programme aims to upskill supervisory staff which will help employers to deal with the current business environment and focuses on motivating workers, managing change, effective decision-making, managing remote workers, problem-solving and writing for business. The diploma adds further modules in leadership skills, performance and project management.

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Qualifications are available at Levels 5 and 6 on the QQI National Framework of Qualifications and will be delivered by local ETBs, online with tutor support or when feasible, a blend of online and in-person training. Delivery will be flexible to suit both the business and employee needs. The Level 5 programme can be completed in three months and the Level 6 in three to six months. It is expected it will be rolled out from March. Employers can receive a subsidy of up to 70% of the course fee depending on various factors relating to the company and there is no cost to the employee.
Bernadette Randles, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of the Irish Hotel’s Federation is optimistic about job opportunities in the sector once the country starts to open up and is confident of recovery in 2022-2023.

"I would strongly urge people to take the opportunity to up upskill now with one of the many course options available through the ETB, Fáilte Ireland or Springboard so it will develop their career further in the sector going forward,” she said.

So, while the short term may seem bleak for anyone in the tourism and hospitality sector this initiative provides a great opportunity to develop professional skills which will help to future proof careers as this and other sectors begin to recover.

To check eligibility and further details log on to www.solas.ie or contact Mick Ryan, Business Support Unit with Kerry ETB on 066 7149690 or business@kerrycollege.ie.

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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