The Professional Insertion Study 2018 found that most respondents from the tourism school (87 percent) were working in the hotel and catering sectors, with over 70 percent finding work in less than a month of graduating with this figure rising to 91.7 percent after less than three months.
Contrary to the trend observed over the last three years, the results of this study also indicate that the monthly income in tourism professions has increased. In 2018, 33.8 percent of employees earned between €751 and €1000, a 26 percent increase when compared to 2017.
To help encourage more students to enrol in the tourism schools of Portugal, tuition fees for students attending IV courses has been abolished, while fees for other levels have been reduced by 50 percent to increase talent coming into the sector.
Turismo de Portugal is also hoping that schools located in low density areas, namely in Lamego, Portalegre and Vila Real de Santo António, through the financing of 50 percent of tuition fees for Course Level V students, will help to encourage more students in these areas.
The number of courses and vacancies available has also increased in the schools by around 15 percent.
“The Portuguese Tourism Schools will also be strengthening links with the regional business sector, affirming its mission of supporting innovation in the sector, promoting regional diversity, valuing native products and articulating tourism products and services”, said a spokesman.
The 12 Tourism Schools of Portugal network implements a Tourism Training Talent programme focused on communication, management and sales with a special focus on innovation and knowledge in marketing and digital. The programme integrates areas of personal development (theatre, voice and movement classes), communication and storytelling, management (commercial and sales) and innovation and entrepreneurship. In the technical areas, the focus is on new methods and products, with emphasis on the digital area linked to management and planning.
This is also the only school network in Portugal that has courses taught entirelyin English in a bid to develop international internship projects and exchange programme while encouraging the recruitment of foreign students.