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HOST – The Spectrum of Hospitality

HOST – The Spectrum of Hospitality

Employment and work retention is the gateway to ensuring that EU citizens will live with dignity and prosperity. Despite the explicit Fundamental Rights, evidence suggests that in the case of people with disabilities – and in the specific case people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) -, the EU market is still a relatively inhospitable space that does not favour equal opportunities, although autism is associated with many strengths, such as attention to detail, visual skills, deep focus, methodical approach and more, making it key to building on these individual strengths to foster successful long-term employment.

Evidence suggests that, with appropriate preparation and support, they can indeed enter the job market and be competitive in terms of performance, promotions and benefit awards. A promising EU market sector that presents career opportunities and growth for people with ASD is the Hospitality Sector, with a variety of positions ranging from front desk to housekeeping, to Food and Beverage and other Services, such as Spas etc.

This project partnership from Cyprus, Denmark, Latvia, Netherlands and Austria develops training material and tools for Human Resources and Development specialists and managers in hospitality, based on VET training methodologies and tools that will allow them to train staff with ASD, in order to improve technical and theoretical knowledge, soft and job-specific skills, communication, problem solving, working in teams, decision-making and other interpersonal skills required.

EU-Program: Erasmus+, KA2, Cooperation partnerships in vocational education and training
Contact: Karin Kronika
Duration: November 2022 - October 2024

This project (project n° 2022-1-CY01-KA220-VET-000086365) has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.