It’s been quite an exciting and varied year for the Travel & Tourism students from Cornwall College, with the academic year ending on a high; as senior lecturers, VIP guests and students gathered at The Eden Project, for their annual awards ceremony.
Both Level 2 and Level 3 students started the year working at the famous Oyster Festival in Falmouth, quickly followed by visits to many of the county’s high profile attractions and hotels including Crealy Adventure Park and The Cornwall Hotel, where they received behind the scenes tours and engaged in many activities working with the public.
The students have also been working in partnership with Cornwall 365 to support their work in creating cultural itineraries for visitors to Cornwall and were also privileged to have an escorted tour of the Fred Olsen cruise ship Boudicca, which gave them the opportunity to experience working in this particular industry.
Suzette Sadler, Team lead, Travel & Tourism Cornwall College St Austell said, “We offer some great courses in Travel & Tourism and our emphasis is always on employability, careers and progression. Our students have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of industries, work on real events, get to take part in overseas programmes, travel to different countries, meet industry representatives and obviously learn about all the wonderful and exciting careers in this wonderful industry”.
This year’s guest presenter was ex-student Alesha Banfield, who after completing her Level 3 Travel & Tourism course with Cornwall College, went on to join one of the UK’s fastest growing airlines Jet2 as cabin crew.
Alesha added, “My time at Cornwall College was amazing and I learned so much about so many different travel industries. I knew early on that I wanted to be cabin crew and travel and world and I’m now doing that and loving every minute. I can’t recommend highly enough the courses, tutors and facilities. What really opens your eyes is learning about all the great opportunities now available from travel agents, to cruise ships and resort representatives to cabin crew. I think travel and tourism is a fabulous industry and offers a real career choice”.
Winners of this year’s awards included Michael Caldwell – First year student of the year, Leah Ella & Bethany Cooke – Resort Representative Award, Nina Wilde – Second year student of the year and Sophie Moulding – Cabin Crew Award.
Suzette concluded, “We’ve had some amazing success with our ex-students, including job offers from the following companies; Club 18-30, Newell’s Travel, Flybe, Monarch, British Airways, Jet2, easyjet, Butlin’s, Centre Parcs, Olympic Holidays, Tui and recently we had Emma Morgan who featured on ITV’s documentary “The Cruise”. Anyone interested in these industries can do either a full time course or we now offer a Level 2 & 3 Apprenticeship in Live Events and progression can lead onto a degree in Tourism and Event Management”.