More cycles and investments for Vocational Training in the tourism and hospitality industry

The President of the Xunta highlights the contribution of these courses to the current success of Galician tourism.


Alfonso Rueda toured the CIFP Carlos Oroza accompanied by the Regional Minister Román Rodríguez and the President of the Cluster, Cesáreo Pardal.


Vocational training courses in the hospitality and tourism sector are booming and play a key role in the improvement of both sectors in Galicia. Seven integrated VET centres and nine institutes offer studies in these fields, with a total of 3,190 students in the current academic year, according to data from the Xunta de Galicia. The intention of the Galician Government is to reinforce this training offer, as announced this week by the President of the Xunta, Alfonso Rueda, during the visit to the CIFP Carlos Oroza, in Pontevedra, in which he was accompanied by the Regional Minister of Culture, Education, Vocational Training and University, Román Rodríguez, and in which also took part the President of the Galicia Tourism Cluster, Cesáreo Pardal.


Alfonso Rueda highlighted the importance of the implementation of the Tourist Guide, Information and Assistance cycle at the Sanxillao Secondary School in Lugo and the new Basic Vocational Training cycle in Cookery and Catering in Sanxenxo, and announced investments to improve the infrastructure and material resources of several centres. This is the case of the CIFP Carlos Oroza, which he described as “an example of involvement, commitment and restoration”, and in which he explained that the Xunta will allocate 2.7 million euros to carry out works that will enable it to be equipped with two new basic vocational training classrooms for Cooking and Catering, classrooms for the higher cycle of Tourism Accommodation Management and a new tasting room. Rueda described as a “silent revolution” the boom in Vocational Training and the high level of employment achieved by its students, with 90% in the case of Dual Vocational Training.


The president of the Xunta pointed out that the work of workers in the hospitality and tourism sector is key to the success that Galicia is currently experiencing in attracting visitors with record figures: more than one million travellers and 130,000 compostelas granted to pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago in the first four months of the year.