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John Traynor

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CRH plc

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  John Traynor
This is a job that you must be really interested in to succeed in. At times the hours can be very long and the work can be very challenging. You must be prepared to put up with the hard work in order to get the real experience and career progress that the job can offer you. If you are not really interested in this work you will be letting yourself and your colleagues down.

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This award prepares you for many of the business roles available in the tourism sector. You will develop skills appropriate to both operational and supervisory levels. The programme will also develop entrepreneurial skills to facilitate new business start-ups. Students on this programme can expect to participate in a significant number of field trips which will support college-based learning activities.

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GA360 - Tourism
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT

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GA360 - Tourism
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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement. Click on the link below to find PLC courses that also relate to this career sector. Note you can view more courses by adjusting the filters on the list page.

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Upon completion of this programme you will be capable of undertaking a wide range of roles within the tourism industry. The programme will also provide a foundation for the development of entrepreneurial activities. The inclusion of modern European languages will also aid students’ mobility within the European Union.

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