Irish Hotels Federation Skillnet launched to deliver new up-skilling for Irish Hotels and Guesthouses
The national business network will address skills challenges in the sector, offering subsidised development and up-skilling and training courses tailored to the needs of the sector.
The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) and Skillnet Ireland, the national agency responsible for the competitiveness, productivity, and innovation of Irish businesses through enterprise-led workforce development, has today launched a new Irish Hotels Federation Skillnet to address business and skills challenges in the industry.
Offering bespoke training courses and workshops specifically tailored to the unique needs of the hotel and guesthouse sector, this Skillnet Business Network aims to deliver best practice learning and development opportunities through high-quality, subsidised training and events, designed to meet the needs of Irish hotels and guesthouses and their teams, ensuring the delivery of world class hospitality experiences. Together with hospitality companies, programmes are co-funded by Skillnet Ireland, a business support agency of the Government of Ireland.
The suite of supports offered by the Irish Hotels Federation Skillnet is available to hotels and guesthouses and will encourage productivity, growth, and collaboration within the sector. Training programmes available include Leadership and Training Skills for the Hotel Industry, craft training courses on bar service skills, food service skills and housekeeping skills and a focus on customer care through a special ‘Welcoming Back the Guest’ programme. There are also a wide range of accredited training programmes in development for Autumn 2021 including HR management, leadership and development for new managers, digital marketing, train the trainer, facilities and IT skills.
Welcoming the announcement Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD said: “Ireland rightfully enjoys an international reputation for the excellence of our tourism and hospitality sector. Although it has been a difficult 15 months for the industry, everyone involved has shown great resilience and innovation, and it’s time now to focus on building up skills to protect staff and businesses as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. I know the Irish Hotels Federation Skillnet will be a huge asset to those working in hotels and guesthouses throughout Ireland. You can always learn something that will help your business or your career grow, and I would really encourage people working in the sector to take the training and development opportunities offered.”
Speaking at the launch of the programme, Elaina Fitzgerald Kane, President of the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) said training courses will be a crucial support to the tourism and hospitality sector in the coming months as well as laying the foundation for the continued strategic development of Ireland’s hotels and guesthouse community into the future: “As hotels and guesthouses continue to welcome back guests, it is an opportune time to offer bespoke training and upskilling support to their teams. The programmes offered through the IHF Skillnet support the continued development of the wide variety of careers available throughout our industry, from culinary arts to leadership and management.
For hotels and guesthouses, retaining skilled, trained teams is essential to the quality and professionalism of their offering. Irish hotels have always had a well-earned reputation globally for their high service standards, and the training offered by the IHF Skillnet will ensure that reputation is maintained in what continues to be a highly competitive market.”
Speaking at the launch, Chief Executive of Skillnet Ireland, Paul Healy said: “Preparing businesses for the recovery is a core focus of Skillnet Ireland. We are delighted to partner with the Irish Hotels Federation to launch the new IHF Skillnet Business Network, which will play a pivotal role in addressing the industry’s skills shortage, in driving innovation and in supporting the competitiveness of businesses in this vital sector of our economy.”
The Irish Hotels Federation Skillnet is promoted by the Irish Hotels Federation and membership of the network is open to hotels and guesthouses in the Republic of Ireland. More information is available at www.ihfskillnet.ie