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Caithness News Bulletins January 2003

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Training Opportunities In Tourism And Hospitality

People in Caithness and Sutherland considering working in the tourism and hospitality industry are to be given an ideal opportunity to acquire the essential skills required to gain employment in that sector.

A limited number of places are available on three separate pre-season training courses, which are to be funded by Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) via their ESF assisted Tourism Training initiative, are to be delivered at venues in Wick, Durness and Dornoch.  The courses, which are free of charge, will run from 17th February - 5th March.

The programme will include topics such as customer care, food hygiene, cooking, housekeeping, food service, health & safety, bar skills and event planning.  The course will also include a work placement and assistance will be given with the preparation of a C.V. and advice on job seeking.

Information sessions will be held in: Mackay's Hotel, Wick (Wednesday 22nd January); Durness Village Hall (Thursday 23rd January); and, North Highland College, Dornoch (Wednesday 29th January).  Anyone interested should drop in at any time between 10am and 2pm.

According to Fiona Paton, CASE's tourism training advisor, "In addition to the ongoing labour demands of the industry, local employers will soon be recruiting staff for the 2003 season and beyond.  These courses will give people, some of whom may not have worked in the industry before, an opportunity to gain or update basic skills."

"I would urge anyone who is interested to come along to one of the information sessions to meet some of the tutors, find out more about the courses and to talk through any concerns they may have. An adviser from Jobcentreplus will also be available to discuss any benefit queries anyone may have in relation to this programme."

For further information please contact Fiona Paton on 01408 633872 or e-mail f.paton@hient.co.uk