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Eastleigh College works with Swissport, to open the door of opportunity to Travel and Tourism students.
Swissport, recently visited the College to interview a group of ambitious students for a work experience placement, with the potential to lead on to further job opportunities after college.
The College has built a strong relationship with the ground handling company, with a solid understanding of their recruitment needs. As a result, dedicated college staff have tailored the course to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to be the best candidates for their future workforce. The training also ensures students are prepared with the wider skills needed to become skilled professionals in the industry.
Sarah Caplen, Recruitment Manager at Swissport, was one of three to interview the students and comments, “We’ve always had a good relationship with Eastleigh College and have been able to provide work experience and job opportunities for many students. Working closely with the College has enabled Swissport to grow bigger and more professional, with students coming straight from college into our workforce.”
She adds, “It’s good for us, it’s good for the students and it’s good for the College.”
Students interested in a career in ground handling participated in a group interview, which prepared them for future interviews in this sector and gave the students the opportunity to find out more about the variety of roles available. Daisy, a student at Eastleigh College highlights, “The experience was informal but gave me insight into more of what the expectations are in the industry.”
Former student, Grace, who is now flying high in her career with British Airways, was one of the students to benefit from work experience at Swissport during her time at college. She comments “It prepared me in every way, and if it wasn’t for my work experience, I wouldn’t have the confidence to be where I am now.”
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