It was smiles and celebrations all round as years of studying culminated in a prize-giving event at ShelterBox HQ in Truro and a cheque presentation of £1,200.
Travel and Tourism students from Cornwall College Camborne and St Austell campuses gathered for their annual awards ceremony, with prizes and trophies awarded by ex-student Hannah Gifford who is now a travel consultant at Newell’s Travel.
As well as gaining lots of academic knowledge, the course is also very practical; giving the students lots of real experience in dealing with members of the public and in acquiring new skills, according to Suzette Sadler, Lecturer, Travel & Tourism, Cornwall College Camborne.
The students were once again asked to assist at the iconic Oyster Festival in Falmouth, enjoyed a residential visit to Barcelona and also gained a valuable insight into cabin crew training as they spent the day at Flybe’s National Cabin Crew Training Facility in Exeter.
“This has been yet another amazing cohort of students who have shown real passion and enthusiasm for the travel industry,” Suzette said.
“As a College we have a reputation for offering exceptional hands-on courses, which really caters for those who know what they want to do as a career, as we give them so much practical experience and this is what employers are looking for.”
As part of their course, the students had to arrange a charity event.
St Austell students chose to raise money for the Children’s Hospice South West, while Camborne students arranged a gala dinner with live entertainment for ShelterBox, raising £1,200 for the charity.
Steven Botham, Level 3 Student added:“I really enjoyed helping to organise the ShelterBox event, it was a lot of hard work and planning, but on the night not only did we raise a lot of money, but we also had a real sense of achievement with everyone having a great time”.
The Travel and Tourism course offers students a genuine boost to their careers, with past students now working in various locations around the world doing and following many different careers including; cabin crew, travel consultants, resort representatives and cruise personnel.
“Our courses deliver on so many levels,” Suzette continued.
“They give the students access to a wide variety of local events to work on, they have the opportunity to travel both in the UK and overseas, we have our own airline cabin, a programme of industry guest speakers and guaranteed interviews with Thomas Cook.
“I would like to thank ShelterBox for hosting our event this year and we wish all our students the very best for their future careers.”