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Students gain insight into high-flying careers

A British Airways ambassador paid a visit to Eastleigh College, and presented to a group of travel and tourism students.

Jo Paddington, who works part-time as a senior cabin crew member alongside her ambassador role with BA’s Inspire Programme, provided an enlightening insight into high-flying (literally!) career opportunities at BA.

Jo covered job responsibilities, training, shift rotas, salary and career progression opportunities. She also spoke about the importance of gaining demonstrable customer service experience ahead of applying for cabin crew positions.

She also spoke about BA’s new cabin crew apprenticeship scheme.

Students particularly interested in a career in the sky were introduced to BA's Inspire Programme which provides work experience opportunities, and is designed to help students to bridge the gap between education and the workplace.

The visit was organised by lecturers Michelle Thornton and Katy Whitelock, and was extremely well-received by students.

Second year student, Ethan Elkins, said: "I enjoy travelling and am really interested in an air cabin crew job, so this was very interesting. I was surprised to hear the high level of safety checks that cabin crew were all responsible for, as this sounded quite challenging, but it doesn't put me off!"

Maya Singh, also in her second year, added: "Jo stressed the benefit of gaining customer service skills as work experience while we're at college, and this is something I'm keen to do."