Waterford Institute of Technology is delighted to introduce a Diploma in Restaurant Management - a level 7 qualification - fully funded by Failte Ireland.
The course is aimed at students who already work in or want to work in the burgeoning hospitality sector. The majority of students on the course can continue to work in hospitality while studying at WIT.
Mindful of the traditionally quieter days in the hospitality sector, lectures, practicals and tutorials are conducted on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the week in the state-of-the-art Tourism and Leisure building, therefore not impinging on busier hospitality service days.
This course is a fantastic opportunity to gain a qualification while continuing to work. It also encourages career changes like Mary McCormack Sandison, who joined the course last year after a long career in nursing.
According to Mary, “Despite enjoying a nursing career which spanned thirty one years, I have always had a passion for food. The Diploma in Restaurant Management course has given me a new opportunity to change my career direction and gave me insight into an industry that is full of creativity, variety, opportunity and camaraderie.”
Throughout the course Mary worked in the award-winning Dennison’s Restaurant and successfully gained employment as assistant restaurant manager in The Majestic Hotel in Tramore, Co. Waterford.
Mary added, “I thoroughly enjoyed all the valuable modules, delivered by passionate and professional lecturers who bring the best out in you. Whether or not, I fulfill my dream to open my own business, I have no regrets undertaking this course. I have made many news friends and contacts that I will cherish forever.”
Similarly, Michael Kelly came to WIT after a successful career in the ESB. Having worked in the Granville Hotel throughout the course, Michael recently took up the position of assistant restaurant manager at Bellissimo Italian Restaurant.
Of his experience Michael said the course was fantastic. “I didn’t want it to end. It allowed me to successfully change career and make great industry contacts and friends.”
The course also encourages those who are currently working in the hospitality industry to improve their career prospects. Rachel Casey worked in the Tower Hotel, Waterford throughout the course but wanted to move into the 5 star luxury hotel sector. Rachel recently began that career move with Red Carnation Hotel Group, based at Ashford Castle, Co Mayo.
Upon successful completion of the Diploma in Restaurant Management students may apply to continue their studies on the BA Hospitality Management. Ronan Sharp who has worked in the family pub business, Bradys, for many years, completed the Diploma in April last year and continued on to the BA Hospitality Management in September 2014.
Over the course of the nine month course, students will cover a wide range of industry related topics including, restaurant management, beverage management, marketing, costing, sustainability, wine studies and human resource management. The modules are taught in a practical environment as well as the classroom.
If you are interested in applying for or finding out more about the Diploma in Restaurant Management contact Course Leader Nuala Gordon [email protected], visit www.wit.ie/diprestman. You can also follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/diprestman