Get Started- Get Skilled- Get Employed in Hospitality


“Get Started – Get Skilled – Get Employed ” in Hospitality

This 3-day introduction programme will be delivered by NEWKD YEI service, NEWKD SICAP and MTU Kerry.

NEWKD YEI (Youth Employment Initiative) Service aims to provide supports that will encourage and empower young people to increase their participation in civic life, education and/or employment. The service informs young people of the opportunities and various routes available to them. This is a free service run by NEWKD, funded under the SICAP programme. As part of the Initiative we run and offer FREE places to young people on our demand driven “Get Started” courses, the latest of which “Get Started” in Hospitality.

After the success of last years programme and interest from new communities to get started in the Hospitality industry NEWKD decided we expanded our target groups this year to include Ukrainians under temporary protection and international protection applicants.

During the short course, participants covered following areas:

–        Barista skills

–        Restaurant service steps and skills

–        Bar Service

–        Wine service

–        Introduction to Mixology (Cocktail Making)

–        Food Safety

–        Food Waste

Participants were also able to develop their skills and knowledge over the duration of the course, such as:

–        Learning more about the hospitality industry

–        Learning more about the progression routes for further education locally

–        Learning more about the MTU

–        Developing communication and teamwork skills

–        Opportunity to meet new people, in turn helping to build confidence

–        Gaining Food safety Level 1 (HACCP) certification

The participants will also be given follow on support to progress to the next step on their journey from SICAP worker

The training event will took place 6th -9th of June.  It was held in the MTU North campus, in the Hotel, Culinary Arts & Tourism Department.  We had 2 groups with the addition of a translator on 1 group.

The group was given a warm welcome and a tour of the building by TJ O’Connor, head of section at the hotel, culinary arts and tourism department at the Munster Technological University’s Kerry campus. They were given informative and practical sessions from the knowledgeable lecturers at MTU.

“The Idea behind the programme is to give participants a taste of what the hospitality industry has to offer in relation to long term careers, while also giving them the confidence and the basic skills required to secure the initial part time job”

If you are an employer that has vacancies and are willing to give beginners an opportunity to use their new  skills – get in touch with us  to link in with the pool of participants. Email:

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