Anyone wishing to train for the increasing number of jobs now available with the international airline industry can do so in Co Tipperary as Templemore College, is now offering a one-year course designed to meet the expanding needs of the tourism and travel industries. According to Thurles woman, Mary Davy, who is coordinator of the new Business with Tourism course, “there is now a vastly increased demand for cabin crew for international airlines, since the present strong growth of aviation means almost all major airlines are recruiting.”
According to Ms Davy, “a broad introduction to the working of the airline industry will be provided as part of the new course along with interview preparation for those seeking a career as cabin crew. Language skills are also important for cabin crew and there is an opportunity to improve these on an all-expenses-paid work placement abroad in a European country.”
For those wishing to work within the local tourism industry, heritage is the word on everybody’s lips since the success of the 1916 commemorations with a new history and heritage brand titled Ireland’s Ancient East having been developed with County Tipperary included. Portroe woman, Jane Quinlan, who is Head of the College Business Department, believes that intriguing the culturally curious is the major task for Irish tourism and this involves bringing alive Ireland’s captivating history. She believes “there is now a need to build understanding and awareness of what the past has bestowed, while providing the business skills to bring new heritage products to the marketplace. The heritage training at Templemore College is designed to achieve this.
“The Business with Tourism course will offer students an in-depth knowledge of local heritage. It also provides an understanding of tourisms importance as a key driver of regional employment while delivering industry specific business skills” says Ms Quinlan.
For those not wishing to enter the workplace immediately, linkages with Waterford Institute of Technology will allow students, who have successfully completed their year at Templemore College, to progress to higher education. “They will be provided with an option of taking up a reserved place in higher certificate and honours degree programmes” explains Mary Davy. For further information visit www.tcfe.ie.