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South Kerry Skillnet launch new management development programme

Published: Monday, September 13, 2021.
South Kerry Skillnet launch new management development programme to support Hotel Industry
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South Kerry Skillnet launch new management development programme to support Hotel Industry

  • New programme launched to boost Ireland’s hospitality sector, which will support and develop talent to enable effective recovery of the sector
  • Free programme offers opportunity for unemployed to acquire in-demand skills to support the hotel industry
  • The Accommodation Supervisory Management programme will offer routes into employment for those who have lost their jobs due to the global pandemic

South Kerry Skillnet along with the Irish Accommodation Services Institute (IASI) and Munster Technological University, Tralee have today launched a national Accommodation Supervisory Management programme. It is a free management development programme to aid post-pandemic recovery in the hospitality sector by training the unemployed in much sought-after skills, with the aim of finding them employment. Applications are now open for the programme, which is aimed at previous or potential accommodation managers and those who are unemployed with relevant experience in the industry.

The programme is funded through Skills Connect, an initiative from Skillnet Ireland, and was developed in partnership with enterprise, to enhance cross-sector employability and support those who have lost their jobs. The Accommodation Supervisory Management (level 6 Special Purpose Award) will run online over a 12-week period commencing on 27 September 2021, for approximately 2 days a week (5 hours a day).

South Kerry Skillnet Network Manager Aoife O’Reilly said the course will address skills gaps in the industry, “The tourism and hospitality sectors continue to deal with the many challenges that Covid-19 has brought. This programme has been developed by South Kerry Skillnet as a response to requests from the hotel industry for a focused programme in Accommodation Supervisory Management. South Kerry Skillnet is delighted to offer this national online programme which will be providing management and supervisory training to the hospitality industry, giving businesses the tools to support their teams and get them ready for the recovery”.

Mary Rose Stafford Munster Technological University said, “At Munster Technological University we are conscious of the need to support affected sectors in responding to the pandemic. Retraining people for the ‘new normal’ is easily said and often difficult to implement. We look forward to working with South Kerry Skillnet to offer this online national Accommodation Supervisory Management programme. This is a practical and actionable programme that will help address a current need within the hospitality sector”.

Ines Guerra president of the IASI said, “The hospitality sector remains under immense pressure. It is vital that we protect and grow the talent and skill set that has enabled the sector to deliver the warm, authentic service and exceptional experiences which Ireland is renowned for the world over. Tourism and hospitality are key to Ireland’s economy, and I believe that this programme will ensure the industry can return to its best”.

To find out more about this programme or to view South Kerry Skillnet’s full range of programmes, please visit www.kerryskillnet.ie or call Aoife on 066 9762477.

Closing date for applications: 13th September 2021, Places are limited.

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