IHF and partners host information day on hospitality careers for 250 second level students in Killarney

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The first of a series of Tourism & Hospitality Careers Roadshow events hosted 250 second level students from schools across the south west at the INEC in Killarney, where they learned of job opportunities available in the tourism and hospitality industry.

Students Barra O'Siochru, Katie Tobin and Laura Hynes from the Gael Cholaiste in Tralee and classmates take part in the mannequin challenge with 250 other students in the INEC Killarney. Photo: Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus Ltd

Students Barra O’Siochru, Katie Tobin and Laura Hynes from the Gael Cholaiste in Tralee and classmates take part in the mannequin challenge with 250 other students in the INEC Killarney. Photo: Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus Ltd

Organised by the Irish Hotels Federation  in association with the Irish Hospitality Institute, IT Tralee, Cork IT and Regional Skills, the initiative is part of the industry-led careers programme launched last year for 15 to 18-year-olds.

The roadshow was the first in a series of events planned for across the country over the coming months. It was run in close collaboration with local tourism and hospitality businesses, many of whom were present to give the students a personal insight into training and working in the sector. Students and guidance counsellors received copies of Get a Life in Tourism, the IHF’s free digital and print magazine on tourism career options.

They were also introduced to “Tourism Insight” – the new online interactive free programme, which provides videos and interactive tutorials on working in tourism which can be delivered as part of class in school or for students to complete in.

The students took the mannequin challenge as they learned about careers in the travel industry.

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