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High school-leavers offered tourism degree courses

Dubai College of Tourism is offering students vocational courses in the tourism and hospitality sectors

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Dubai: The Dubai College of Tourism (DCT) is providing high school-leavers an alternative option to taking the traditional route to university, by offering vocational courses for the emirate’s tourism and hospitality sectors.

The courses offered at DTC, which is a government-backed institution, are designed to provide a middle ground between on-the-job training and a purely theoretical degree.

Students will learn practical and marketable skills that have a direct application in real life, and the training will open new doors, allowing students to explore various rewarding career opportunities.

The DCT is accepting applications for the September 2017 “Introduction to the Tourism Industry” course.

The courses are focused around five core faculties — tourism, events, hospitality, retail and culinary arts — and will help young people learn various trade and soft skills from established professionals in the industry.

The college will educate and empower the future leaders, entrepreneurs and employees of Dubai’s expanding tourism industry, ensuring a steady supply of highly trained hospitality professionals for the city.

According to a 2014 Deloitte study, only one to three per cent of Dubai’s students enrol in vocational education after high school, something which could lead to labour shortages within key industries in the future. With Dubai’s tourism and hospitality sectors set to employ a workforce of more than half a million by 2020, the dedicated industry-focused vocational training offered by DCT has never been more important.

To apply and to view the college’s prospectus, visit