Certificate in Food and Beverage Operations (September)

Athlone Institute of Technology (Food and Beverage (Level 6).)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate in Food and Beverage Operations

NFQ Level

6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime, Mixed

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

70

Department

Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure

General Information
Contact

Tony Johnston

Email

ajohnston@ait.ie

Phone

0906471894

Address

Athlone Institute of Technology
Dublin Road
Co Westmeath

Role

Head of Department

Important Dates
Application Deadline

22/09/2019

Start Date

23/09/2019

End Date

01/06/2020

About this Course

The aim of the programme is to provide learners with the professional craft and supervisory skills in bar and restaurant service in order to provide a quality and unique customer experience in the Irish tourism Industry.

The three main industry sector groupings targeted in this programme design are the hotel industry, as represented by the Irish Hotels Federation with 1000 members employing 60,000, the Pub Trade, as represented by the Vintners Federation of Ireland, with 4000 members employing 40,500, and the Restaurant Industry, as represented by the Restaurants Association of Ireland with 3,500 members, employing 72,000.

The Irish Hotel Federation at their Annual Conference in 2018 stated that the industry is on track to create a further 40,000 tourism jobs by 2021.
In 2017, Failte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority, published research which showed where within Ireland overseas visitors spent their money last year. The data makes for interesting reading and acts as very valuable research to the Irish tourism sector. The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC) has looked at the data over a 3 year period and has identified a number of insights, trends and patterns. What is important to note is the growth in tourism numbers and spend in the Border Regions, which ties in with Failte Ireland strategy for increasing regional tourism distribution, particularly to the northern half of the Wild Atlantic Way. Staff training and development will be key to delivering this strategy.

Objectives

This course is designed for those who wish to work in service roles in the hotel/ restaurant/ contract catering sectors.
This course includes a mixture of classroom and practical hospitality classes. These are taught in our state-of-the-art facilities, which include dedicated training kitchens, a stylish restaurant and modern classrooms and IT labs.
The course is free for everyone. You will receive a uniform and knife set on registration.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must have a Level 5 (i.e. Leaving Certificate or full Further Education award) to gain admittance for a Level 6 course.
Mature candidates (23+) are also eligible to apply.
Candidates who do not have English as a first language will have to demonstrate competence in ability to complete assignments.
Candidates should have a strong interest in working in the hospitality industry.

Long Description

The aim of the programme is to provide learners with the professional craft and supervisory skills in bar and restaurant service in order to provide a quality and unique customer experience in the Irish Tourism Industry.
The three main industry sector groupings targeted in this programme design are the hotel industry, as represented by the Irish Hotels Federation with 1000 members employing 60,000, the Pub Trade, as represented by the Vintners Federation of Ireland, with 4000 members employing 40,500, and the Restaurant Industry, as represented by the Restaurants Association of Ireland with 3,500 members, employing 72,000.
The Irish Hotel Federation at their Annual Conference in 2018 stated that the industry is on track to create a further 40,000 tourism jobs by 2021.
In 2017, Failte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority, published research which showed where within Ireland overseas visitors spent their money last year. The data makes for interesting reading and acts as very valuable research to the Irish tourism sector. The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC) has looked at the data over a 3 year period and has identified a number of insights, trends and patterns. What is important to note is the growth in tourism numbers and spend in the Border Regions, which ties in with Failte Ireland strategy for increasing regional tourism distribution, particularly to the northern half of the Wild Atlantic Way. Staff training and development will be key to delivering this strategy.

Why Choose This Course

This course is designed for those who wish to work in service roles in the hotel/ restaurant/ contract catering sectors.
This course includes a mixture of classroom and practical hospitality classes. These are taught in our state-of-the-art facilities, which include dedicated training kitchens, a stylish restaurant and modern classrooms and IT labs.
The course is free for everyone. You will receive a uniform and knife set on registration.

Career Opportunities

Core subjects covered including Food Service, Communication, Marketing, Beverage Studies and more.
You will learn fundamental food and beverage skills from our dedicated and highly experience lecturers, taught in our fantastic facilities.
On this course you take a compulsory work placement at the end of your first year.
The Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure offers all students the opportunity to take part in overseas field trips to explore international hospitality. In the last three years our students have visited China, Dubai, Malaysia, Poland, Italy, France and Spain, among others.
Completion of the course will allow you to progress to year 2 of the Higher Certificate in Bar Supervision.
Completion of the course will open up new opportunities in the food and beverage service sector.

Timetable Info

Group 1: Mondays and Tuesdays 9-6

Group 2: Mondays 9-6, Tuesdays 3-6, Thursday 9-2

24 weeks of class (12 before Christmas and 12 from Jan- Easter)

Delivery Location

Athlone

Delivery Notes

Blended Delivery

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Georgina Hogan

Address

Athlone Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road,
Athlone,
Co. Westmeath

Phone

0906471871

Email

ghogan@ait.ie

Application Procedures

Applications to be made only on www.springboardcourses.ie

This is a FREE programme for those that are eligible - see details of eligibility below.

When making your application (or as soon as possible after) you MUST EMAIL to ghogan@ait.ie a brief recent CV and a scan / photo of one of the following documents to demonstrate your eligibility to be offered a place on the programme:
1) If you are employed: a recent payslip / most recent P60 / letter from my employer confirming this (amounts may be redacted from financial documents).
2) If you are unemployed: a DSP payment slip / letter from DSP confirming your payment type/what you are signing for.
3) If you are a returner who has been on home or other caring duties for 9 of the last 12 months OR you are economically dependent on a partner or spouse and I have been unemployed for 9 of the last 12 months you must supply a notarised affidavit confirming this (a template for this is available here: https://springboardcourses.ie/pdfs/Declaration.pdf
4) If you were previously self employed: a letter/statement from Revenue stating that I am no longer trading or a similar letter from my (former) accountant.

Applications that do not EMAIL the relevant documentation cannot be assessed for a place on the programme, and places are limited, so it is imperative that you EMAIL all necessary documentation when making your application or as soon as possible after.

With regard to eligibility for a place on this programme, if offered a place you will also be asked to declare that you have lived in an EU country for three years out of the last five in addition to the requirements above.

Please contact Georgina Hogan, Department of Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure, AIT if you have any queries in relation to this - email ghogan@ait.ie tel 0906471871

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Webpage links

https://www.ait.ie/courses/certificate-in-food-and-beverage-operations