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Claire Hanrahan

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Claire Hanrahan

The candidate needs to have a desire to travel. That is the most important. Travel is a vital part of the role of Internal Auditor at CRH. Your travel percentage ranges between 40% - 70% per year. They do try to keep it at a minimum but with a high staff turnover, you could be placed on additional audits that are short staffed.

You need to get on with all the people you work with also as you're away with these people for 4 nights a week for 4 weeks. You need to be friendly and outgoing and easy to get along with as it can get stressful on jobs so the last thing you want is someone who has attitude problems or can't communicate properly! Those 2 aspects are the most important for me.

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Tourism Travel & Airline Studies

Course Code(s):  6M5012
QQI Award Code:  6M5012 Tourism with Business
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 6M5012
QQI Award Code 6M5012 Tourism with Business
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This is a one year full-time Diploma course. The course is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in the Travel and Tourism Industry. Students will also gain a broad understanding of Travel Agency and Airline Operations. The Diploma element of the course Air Fares and Ticketing, is run in partnership with the International Airport Transport Association (IATA). The overall aim of the programme is to provide the learner with the opportunity to work in a variety of tourism related businesses, using specialised and creative skills to identify and develop entrepreneurial opportunities or to progress to further or higher education and training.

What will you Study?

This one-year course gives the learner a comprehensive introduction to the travel and tourism industries. Students are equipped with best-practice skills required to secure employment in the tourism industry, as cabin crew, airport ground handling staff or in travel consultancy. 

Air Fares and Ticketing
Galileo Computerized Reservation System
Travel Practice
Tourism Policy and Practice
Communications
Work Experience
Personal and Professional Development
Airport Passenger Services
Human Resources Management
Global Distribution Systems
Hotel Front Office Supervision

Airport Passenger Services Course (delivered by industry specialists Academy of Aviation):
Knowledge and understanding of the various roles in aviation
Customer Care and Communications Skills
Understanding of key industry terminology
Aviation security and Health and Safety Procedures
Personal Presentation/ Interview Techniques
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

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