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Given the Covid-19 pandemic, the College calendar has been changed for the first term of the 2020/21 academic year and has introduced a two-week October half term break. This break is from Monday 19 to Friday 30 October during which time the College is closed to Learners. The College office will be open from Monday 19 to Friday 23 October (telephone/email enquiries open) and closed from Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October (telephone/email enquiries closed until Monday 2 November). From 2 November we are increasing the areas in which a face mask or covering is required to be worn.

Travel & Tourism students' enrichment activity round-up

One of the advantages of studying for a professional or technical qualification at Eastleigh College is the insight learners gain from within the industry of their choice.

As well as being taught by lecturers who all have expertise and experience working in their field, learners will have the opportunity to take part in workshops and student takeovers, as well as hear from guest speakers and gain exposure networking and taking part in work experience.

This month alone, students studying Travel & Tourism have had a busy time benefiting from a range of enrichment activities:

  • Nicola Jewett, Brand Champion with airline, Jet 2, highlighted roles, training and progression within the company. Students even had the chance to win goodies including holiday vouchers and Jet 2 merchandise.
  • Tasmin Bedford, Guest Relations Officer with Celebrity Cruises, covered a day in the life working onboard a cruise ship and answered questions dispelling some myths.
  • Libby Haskell, Events Coordinator with Carnival UK, used her experience working off shore with P&O Cruises to highlight some of the career opportunities that learners may consider.
  • Students also gained training in ACT anti-terrorism during a session with Nick Cunningham from Hampshire Constabulary.

The visits inspired Travel & Tourism students including Thomas Coombes who stated: “It was amazing to hear about cruises and the job opportunities in the industry. I am very passionate about cruising and hope to work in the industry in the future.”

Hearing from people that actually do the jobs is such a good way to learn about the roles and opportunities.

Alisha, Travel & Tourism

Alisha Simpson added that hearing about different job roles in travel confirmed that she definitely wanted to work in the industry in the future: “I’m still not sure which sector of the tourism industry I’d like to work in, and hearing from people that actually do the jobs is such a good way to learn about the roles and opportunities.”

Michelle Thornton, Travel & Tourism lecturer, added: “We’re incredibly fortunate to have a wealth of industry experts, employers and advocates who share our enthusiasm for ensuring our students have exposure to as many different facets of the industry as possible.

Not only does this help prepare them for work, if provides inspiration for career progression whether this is directly following their college, or via university.”

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