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Natasha Ibanez

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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  Natasha Ibanez
An education in Mechanical Engineering would be preferable. I would advise them to get as much diverse work experiences as possible, even if these jobs are not engineering related.

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Dunboyne College of Further Education

Dunboyne College of Further Education


Culinary Arts - Professional Cookery

Code:  5M2088
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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What is Professional Cookery?

This course will present learners with the opportunity to develop practical culinary skills and an understanding of the science of food and food hygiene. Students will also develop knowledge of changing kitchen technologies and the business aspects of cooking operations.

In completing this course students will also gain an understanding of the theory and practice of Professional Cookery. All of the culinary modules take place in the kitchens of DIT.

Career Opportunities:

Graduates of this course may find employment in hotels, restaurants, catering departments, cruise ships and airlines. Graduates will also be well prepared for further studies in the areas of hospitality, professional cookery, tourism and business. This QQI award will enable participants to apply and progress onto the following newly developed Level 6 suite of Hotel, Catering and Tourism programmes in Professional Cookery, Hospitality, Bar Supervision, Front Office Management and Tourism.

In addition, holders of QQI Level 5 awards may also be able to apply for other degree courses under Higher Education Link Schemes especially in linked courses in DIT and IT Tallaght.

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Progression Routes

(Higher Education Links Scheme)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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