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Tourism and Hospitality Academy

This fully funded Tourism and Hospitality Academy will support 20 eligible individuals through a bespoke training programme designed to equip participants with the skills, knowledge, experience, and confidence to begin a career in the Tourism and Hospitality industry in the Mid Ulster district.  

Applications for this programme are now open.

Participants must:

  • Have a verifiable address within the Mid Ulster District Council and;

  • be unemployed/long term unemployed, under-employed or at risk of redundancy and reside in Mid Ulster; or

  • economically inactive for any reason (e.g. due to long term ill-health or disability, caring commitments, early retired, or any other reason).

  • Be of working age.

Accredited Qualification/s to be gained:

  • Customer Services Qualification such as World Host or NVQ

  • Basic Food Hygiene

  • OCN NI Level 2 Award in Tour Guiding

Additional Qualifications to be gained:

  • Barista Training

  • Bar Skills

  • Waitressing Skills

Personal Development

All participants will have access to a dedicated Programme Mentor to provide employability support including:

  • Recruitment;

  • Attendance coaching & support;

  • Job Readiness training & development;

  • Work placement organisation & planning;

  • Job opportunity support;

  • Employability Skills development;

  • CV Writing;

  • Interview techniques;

  • Mock interviews.

All participants are guaranteed a job interview with a local company with the relevant vacancies and if needed, can avail of additional light touch mentoring for up to 6 months post-employment!

Register now by contacting Network Personnel by email at or by telephone on: 028 7963 1032For more information email

Are you a Mid Ulster Employer?

Are you struggling with recruitment and retention of staff?

The Tourism and Hospitality Academy launched in December 2023 and we are currently seeking to engage local employers who can:

  • Provide participants with work experience/placement opportunities for a minimum of 2 weeks across a number of roles e.g. bar work, housekeeping, reception, waitressing etc.

  • offer interview/s for participants who gain qualification through the Academy, with the understanding that sector specific training will be undertaken within the first 18 months of employment if the participant is successful at interview. 

Upon successful completion of the Academy, participants will have the chance to gain qualifications in Customer Services such as World Host or NVQ Basic Food Hygiene as well as Barista Training, Bar Skills, Waitressing Skills. Participants will also have had employability training and development via the Academy’s mentorship element – this dedicated mentoring will continue for a further six-month period to ensure sustainability of employment. 
How to get involved
For further information, contact Network Personnel by email or telephone 028 7963 1032.