Tourism & Hospitality Vocational Training Academy of Wales study

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Project Description:

This project is for a Feasibility Study, Business Plan & Operational Plan and will outline a network of industry-led training academies for, and run by, the tourism industry. Stage 1 is a Pilot Academy in Pembrokeshire which will create the template for a national roll-out. National and international networking will be key, and will enable student mobility, sharing of knowledge & best practice, a global employment pool and international recognition for Wales. The academies are designed to be a vocational rather than academic route to a career. Not everyone is built for a formal school environment and would be better suited to the work based learning framework. Those that do attend college need to spend extra time in a vocational learning environment to equip them for the working world. These practical skills are essential to the tourism industry and currently are not adequately provided for by the existing training and education provision.

Project Achievements:

Training modules would be designed through an industry consortium, accredited by a partner education institution(s) and delivered by trained professionals in a dedicated and modern academy facility. The academies will provide real job opportunities to young people and a stream of work-ready candidates to the growing tourism industry. The academies would offer a range of courses, depending on the needs of the local area. The academies will need a mixture of classrooms and lecture theatres as well as rooms for practical learning such as a training kitchen and restaurant, mock hotel rooms and spa/wellness treatment room(s). They will also provide a direct link with primary and secondary schools, colleges, careers officers and parents that would ultimately address the poor perception of the industry by displaying tangible opportunities and positive outcomes through the success of the school’s students. These students will have studied in a state of the art academy, with the best professionals Wales can offer and will have spent time working in industry in some of the world’s leading tourism businesses.

Project Beneficiaries:

The Academy will create a new business network as by design it will be run by an industry consortium of leading tourism businesses who will be represented on a Management Board; involved in setting standards, informing the curriculum; providing resources in terms of skills and knowledge and will link up to the academy with internships, work experience and graduate roles. There will be business networks at the local level as each academy will be representative of the needs of its local community, but this will also extend to a national level through a Wales-wide network of academies and also internationally through an affiliation with a European education institution, like VGS Bled in Slovenia.

Emma Davies

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