Hoteliers and teachers are being given the chance to learn
under an initiative to boost Cornwall's tourism industry.
Already more than 200 hoteliers and others in the tourism
industry have signed up for the one day Welcome International
courses in European languages and longer NVQ courses. More
courses are planned for the autumn and schools will become
involved as well.
The Tourism Skills Network has received £100,000 investment
from Objective One and the Learning and Skills Council for
the scheme. Jane Cowans, Tourism Skills Network spokesperson
said: "It is all about improving the language skills
in tourism businesses in Cornwall to help them become more
profitable by enlarging their markets. The three key languages
we have chosen to offer, following research, are French, German
The language courses are also aimed at extending the tourism
'shoulder season' because many European visitors take holidays
in Cornwall in June and September, not during the busy summer
months. "Overseas visitors come for other reasons
apart from bucket and spade holidays," added Jane.
"They come for reasons such as culture and heritage."
Two of the one day courses have already been held, in Saltash
and Falmouth and a course in St Austell in July is already
almost full. But 10 more are planned across Cornwall for the
autumn followed by another 12 in partnership with Cornwall
Adult Education Service.
The NVQs are being offered via distance learning, so hoteliers
can learn via the internet rather than having to give up valuable
time to travel to a college. Advisers based at Truro College
will also be available to visit or give advice on line or
over the telephone. The NVQs are in four parts, speaking,
listening, reading and writing and students have until June
2007 to complete them.
Funding and training for schools is also being provided by
the Tourism Skills Network via Truro College so that two teachers
from each school can become accredited NVQ assessors (achieving
an A1 award ) and one of those teachers will then train to
become an accredited internal verifier (a V1 award).
"I have been pleased with the positive response from
the tourism businesses themselves," said Jane.
"They see this as a really valuable project. Teachers
are also going to be trained to deliver the Welcome International
course, which could be useful to use within schools as it
shows languages can be fun and accessible to all."
For further information please contact the Clare Morgan Objective
One Partnership Office on 01872 223439 or 07973 813647 or
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall
and the Isles of Scilly has invested in The Tourism Skills
Network through the European Social Fund (ESF).
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439
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