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NCW2024 – Tourism, Hospitality and Retail

In Plymouth, the visitor economy employs just under 8% of people in the city, supporting 7,500 jobs. With more than 50 accommodation providers including hotels and independents, lots of restaurants, pubs and cafes, shops, cinemas and leisure companies, and a variety of job roles within each one, there is lots to choose from. Working together to promote careers in this industry, Destination Plymouth can help you to find your best way.

Key roles in these sectors include:

  • hotel receptionist

  • chef

  • event coordinator

  • shop manager

  • barista.


Key skills for roles in these sectors include:

  • communication

  • flexibility

  • time management

  • conflict resolution

  • problem-solving.

Looking to train in the hospitality and tourism industries? Outside of school-based provision, Achievement Training Plymouth, City College Plymouth, Plymouth Marjon University and the University of Plymouth are great places to start. You can also access this industry through apprenticeships. Click here for our latest Apprenticeship Bulletin.

To explore specific job roles in these industries, as well as information on salary, work patterns, the different entry routes and what skills you will need, click the links to explore free resources via the National Careers Service.

For more localised information on Plymouth’s tourism and leisure sector, click here for the latest Invest Plymouth’s Tourism and Leisure Fact Sheet.


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