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TAP Academy: free courses for local communities

TAP Academy is a capacity building programme and is already at its third edition.To boost sought-after business skills, TAP supports free courses for the local communities in Lecce. By enrolling in the TAP Academy, approximately 50 participants can enhance their knowledge of English, computer science or social media marketing - competences constantly required on the local job market. Additionally, participants can follow courses in hospitality management (HO.MA) or get training to become tourist guides, hotel receptionists or web developers.    

TAP supports the economic development of the local territory by providing specialised training courses. This is aimed to boost participants’ chances of securing employment in the Apulia Region.

At its third edition, TAP Academy offers three new courses and a master programme, free and addressed to people from the Lecce Province. Well-known local companies and training agencies are teaching the courses. 

  • Training courses to become a tourist guide, a hotel receptionist or a web developer.  
  • Master HO.MA. in International Hospitality Management. In total, TAP offers 35 scholarships, which entirely cover fees, accommodation, food as well as relocation costs. In addition, the scholarship covers participants’ expenses for a subsequent internship in the tourism sector. The master class comprises 1,000 hours, which amounts to approximately 7 months of training, including lessons, workshops, site trips to various companies in the tourism sector, as well as an internship in Italy, the UK, Spain or Portugal. Part of the master programme will be carried out in London, where students will also have the opportunity to take English language classes.

The second edition of TAP Academy took place between October 2017 and February 2018. It included:

  • The ICT / computer science courses, comprising basic and advanced modules and preparing participants for the European Computer Driving License (ECDL) exams.
  • Social media marketing course to improve participants’ skills, a key element in helping local businesses elevate their audience and customer base.
  • English courses, split into basic English as well as English for the tourism industry (intermediate level).

The first TAP Academy edition was organised between April and October-November 2017.