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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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Advanced Certificate in Business Tourism & Event Management

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Course overview

Course Code 6M5012 LTS7
QQI Award Code 6M5012 Tourism with Business
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is aimed at learners who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in the travel & event management industry. Learners may wish to further their education into areas of hospitality or events management, which offer excellent career opportunities both in Ireland and internationally. You will complete various practical and theory modules that will advance your knowledge of this unique area. In addition you will gain hands on experience through Galileo, a computerised (GDS) reservation system used in travel agencies and airports. Field trips/visits may also be scheduled as part of the programme.

What will you Study?

This course is aimed at learners who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in the travel & event management industry. Learners may wish to further their education into areas of hospitality or events management, which offer excellent career opportunities both in Ireland and internationally.

Irish Cultural & Natural Heritage 6N0652

Work Experience 6N1946

Communications 6N1950

Business Management 6N4310

Sales Presentation 6N3567

Word Processing 6N4977

Computerised Accounts 6N3911

Heritage 5N1453

Tourism Policy & Practice 6N2106

Event Management 6N4800

Global Distribution Systems 6N4973
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.

Progression to CAO Courses

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Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Business Organisation & Management
Tourism & Hospitality
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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