Travel and tourism students are off to a flying start after hosting their first event to showcase the industry at Redcar & Cleveland College.
The Wanderlust event, part of a drive to recognise the expertise of students and develop their customer service skills, took place at the college’s higher education lecture theatre.
The students, who are currently studying a BTEC Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism, put their unit modules including travel and tourism today, business, marketing, customer services and specialist units into practice to deliver the event to more than 100 people.
Guests were treated to a cabin crew service in the college’s specialist replica airline cabin and were able to sample delicacies from countries including Italy, Mexico, America and Spain as part of a world tour experience.
Rachael Glen, course leader for travel and tourism at the college, believes the event provided students with invaluable hands-on experience.
She said: “The students have worked hard to deliver a successful event which offered an insight into the aviation hospitality and travel and tourism industries.
“The Wanderlust event was an opportunity for students to gain invaluable and relevant experience to best prepare them for a range of careers in the industry, from travel agent to marketing manager, holiday representative, hotel or airline worker.”
Travel and tourism student, Shelby Pearson, 17, who helped to organise the event, added: “It was great to be involved in the first event of its kind at the college as it was a great opportunity to apply my learning and put into practice everything I’ve learned about the travel and tourism business.
“If I get good grades, my aim after college is to study aviation at university or I’d love to be a flight attendant.”