Free training for tourism workers

Training for some 1,400 people working in the tourism industry will be provided for free in a nationwide programme worth €3 million.

The programme, Advance - Training Tourism Leaders, is fully funded by the European Social Fund and the government and targets employees, managers, supervisors and those seeking a profession in tourism.

The course, the first of its kind on the island, will lead participants to gain a qualification equivalent to a University diploma.

The training programme is being offered on two platforms: one for senior managers and another for those in supervisory and middle management positions of companies and organisations operating in the tourism and hospitality sector.

It is also open to those not working in tourism but considering a career in the sector and those seeking employment and who wish to train for a job in tourism and hospitality.

The programme is ideal for those working in sectors such as accommodation, catering, travel or transport, visitor attractions, English language schools, scuba diving, the creative industry (crafts, performing arts, recording studios and others) and any other area involved with hospitality.

Both programmes will be tutored by 12 foreign world class foreign speakers

The training is being offered free in Malta after the Malta Tourism Authority successfully secured EU funds. Similarly run programmes in the UK or the Far East are valued at over €12,000 per person.

One-to-one mentoring will be offered to those who take part and training sessions will be held in leading tourism establishments. Fees for childminding throughout the duration of the course will be reimbursed.

At the end of the course, the top participants will be able to take part in an internship abroad to experience different management practices.

Enrolment is limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information call 2145 6820.

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