Hotels and restaurants urged to look at upskilling their staff

The training needs of those currently working in the hospitality industry in the region will be discussed at an event on Thursday in the Cavan Crystal Hotel with a similar event taking place in the Nurmore Hotel in Carrickmacross next week on Tuesday 30th May.

Organised by Maire Gallen, Regional Skills Manager for the region, the workshop will focus on identifying the training needed for those working in local hotels and restaurants in order to support the growth and development of the sector.

Ms Gallen is working with employers in Cavan, Monaghan and Louth to address their skills needs, “Events such as theses workshop are critical for identifying the exact areas where employers need skills development assistance. This consultation ensures that the training being offered by the education and training providers is meeting an identified need and is adding real value to businesses and their development.”

Ms Gallen believes that investing in training is essential to support the continued growth of the industry. “The Hospitality sector is one of the most important services sectors in the Irish economy. It directly employs 158,000 persons within 16,000 enterprises. This represents 8% of current economy-wide employment. Some 4,600 people are employed in tourism-related industries in counties Cavan and Monaghan, contributing some €90m to the local economy annually. Overall the sector contributes €3 billion gross value added to the Irish economy. It makes a valuable contribution to regional and local economies, and provides flexible employment opportunities that can facilitate greater labour market participation.”

The event is aimed at those involved in the industry who are looking at ways of ensuring that their staff are ready to contribute to the growth of the business.

Overall it is essential that the sector is fully supported to meet the challenges that lie ahead, including Brexit. A company’s greatest resource is its staff and this workshop will help employers identify ways of upskilling their staff and supporting their continued development and that of their business. By participating in this workshop hotels and restaurants will be informing the design and development of short courses for the hospitality industry, enhancing the skills of existing or potential employees and helping to grow their business.”

Those interested in attending the event should contact the Regional Skills Manager Maire Gallen by email at