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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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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Shortage of Qualified Chefs Threatens Restaurant Sector Growth

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Shortage of Qualified Chefs Threatens Restaurant Sector Growth

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 

Shortage of Qualified Chefs Threatens Restaurant Sector Growth

According the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI), there is a severe shortage of chefs in Ireland and not enough chef training centres, which is threatening growth and expansion in the restaurant sector.

Currently, 1,800 chefs qualify each year from certified culinary training programmes in Ireland. However, there is an immediate deficit of 5,000 chef trainees annually.

The vast majority of jobs in the hospitality sector relate directly to the food services sector with 24,700 employed as chefs in 2014.

The latest National Skills Bulletin 2015 reports that demand for hospitality, sports and leisure services has been increasing with the recovery of the economy, confirming that "While the supply is sufficient to meet the demand for lower skilled hospitality roles (waiters/bar staff and catering assistants), a shortage of qualified chefs has been identified". 

The RAI is calling on Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to re-establish the former State tourism training agency Cert which was closed down in 2003 and establish ten new chef training centres around the country.

Chief executive Adrian Cummins said the tourism and hospitality sector held Cert in high esteem while it was operational. “It was fit for purpose and serviced the industry with skilled labour during its operational years.”

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Restaurants Association Ireland Press Release

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