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Hospitality & Tourism Skills (HATS) network

Addressing talent attraction and retention in tourism through collaboration

The HATS employer-led network, which formed in 2019, brings together a diverse mix of employers from across the hospitality and tourism sector in Northern Ireland alongside industry associations and key delivery partners from government and education to collectively address issues around sector image, attractiveness and skills development into and within the sector. 

It aims to deliver a three-year action plan, informed by a robust evidence base, with its activities focused across three work-streams:

  1. Engage - harnessing collaborative working across key partners and leveraging existing resources for skills and career development to maximum effect
  2. Retain - promoting good working practices and building industry awareness of available skills support to retain talent.
  3. Attract - maximising promotion of the sector to encourage and support recruitment of new talent into future employment.

Find out more and become a member of the HATS network

Play a leading role in influencing industry-led approaches to attraction, retention and engagement strategies. Join HATS now to support industry growth and access a range of insights, best practice and guidance on available skills support to help you attract and develop talent.

Visit the HATS Network website

The HATS network project is supported by Invest Northern Ireland under its Collaborative Growth Programme. 

Founding members: Bishops Gate Hotel, Airporter, Coppi Restaurants, Fitzwilliam Hotel, Westville Hotel Group, James St & Co, Hastings Hotels Group, Titanic Belfast, McKeever Hotels Group, Dalata Hotels, Andras House Hotels, Beannchor, Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort, AC Marriott and Northern Ireland Hotels Federation.

Partners: Department for the Economy, Department for Communities, Invest NI, Tourism NI, Institute of Hospitality, FE Tourism Hub, Ulster University, Springboard, NI Tourism Alliance.

Guide to funded skills support

The HATS network has partnered with the Department for the Economy to bring you this guide to a range of available skills support to help hospitality and tourism businesses retain talent through this difficult time and develop the skills needed for the future.

View the guide

Employer guide to recruitment support

HATS has developed an employer guide to recruitment support to help sector businesses access the range of support programmes and services available to help recruit the right talent for your business and build a talent pipeline. 

View the guide