Hospitality Sector Training

Drogheda Institute of Further Education courses to support upskilling and training of new staff for the Hospitality Sector

As the hospitality sector in Ireland slowly reopens, demand has never been higher for staff, however there is a shortage of skilled labor within Ireland today. In particular, a major shortage of chefs is a clear concern for hospitality providers in the region with many chefs and indeed other skilled hospitality workers switching their focus to other sectors for employment during the pandemic.

As this sector continues to take steppingstones to the return to full normality, Drogheda Institute has a number of courses to support the upskilling and training of prospective employees in this sector including courses in Culinary Arts (Professional Cookery) and Hospitality, Hotel, Bar & Restaurant Studies.


There are two specialist Culinary Arts courses for budding chefs offering specialist training in areas such as culinary techniques, pastry baking and desserts, gastronomy, international cuisine and menu planning enabling graduates progress directly to employment within this sector with the skills to produce restaurant quality food.

Additionally, DIFE has launched a new course in Hospitality, Hotel, Bar & Restaurant Studies where learners complete studies in a range of areas including; frontline skills, barista training, customer service, meal service and accommodation techniques where prospective learners will gain valuable hands on experience and knowledge of the hospitality industry.

Work placement is an integral part of all the hospitality courses, aiding students to make an informed career decision and develop excellent collaboration with local hospitality employers and industry in the region.

These courses will afford graduates numerous possibilities to enter the workforce upon completion or progress to higher education. Additionally, the inclusion of Entrepreneurial Skills on the programmes, will aid graduates adopt an entrepreneurial approach to business and Identify opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship in self-employment.

Am I suitable to Apply?

The courses are targeted at school leavers, mature learners, with international students also eligible to apply. If you have previous experience within a kitchen environment, you may be considered for Advanced Entry (2nd year entry) into the level 6 Advanced Culinary Arts course. There are limited places available on these courses, due to their practical nature with early applications advisable to avoid disappointment.

If you are interested in upskilling or retraining and want to enter the hospitality industry, Drogheda Institute of Further Education can assist you in your journey.

Applications are now open, See:

Scroll to Top