Sector Connect: Top class skills are on the menu

In association with Natwest.

NatwestLancashire education and training providers are well placed to equip students with workplace skills to match the needs of Lancashire’s tourism and hospitality sector.

Courses are designed with input from the industry to give students the knowledge and transferable skills that enable them to build successful careers.

“Over more than two decades we have demonstrated a successful track record in producing highly qualified tourism, hospitality and events management students,” said Richard Sharpley, professor of tourism and development at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

A continuing skills shortage means UCLan plays a vital role in giving students the knowledge and qualifications to become future leaders and managers.

“We focus on developing students’ abilities to meet the challenges facing tourism and hospitality businesses, said Richard. “Moreover, given the significant value of the visitor economy to Lancashire, it is vital that we produce young people with the rights skills – creative, strategic, culturally aware.”

UCLan staff work closely with a wide range of tourism, hospitality and events employers in Lancashire on various levels– for example, students carry out voluntary work or research and consultancy projects, and are frequently invited on site visits. This relationship is very much two-way, with employers delivering lectures, while local food and drink suppliers visit the university to deliver demonstrations.