Wish you were here? The sky’s the limit for Travel & Tourism students

It’s that time of year again! The summer holidays are upon us and people are jetting off left, right and centre. Supermarket shelves are stacked with sun cream and travel miniatures, passports are dusted off and the dreaded, but ever systematic, packing begins.

Travel & Tourism at Bedford College

As tempting as the hot, sandy beaches of Spain are, there are plenty of places to visit closer to home and staycations are proving more popular this year as ever before. We’re lucky to have a number of great attractions right on our doorstep and London just a train ride away. It’s a great boost for the UK economy and tourism industry with plenty of exciting careers on offer.  

From operations to marketing, and business travel to planning events, conferences and entertainment programmes, Travel & Tourism courses at Bedford College cover everything you need to know. Our tutors have worked as cabin crew, holiday reps, travel agents, tour operators and event organisers and the department is kitted out with life jackets, oxygen masks, interactive globes, trolleys, dictaphones and flip cameras, computer software to simulate airport check-in, PA systems – oh, and a Wii!

Of course, Travel & Tourism students need to get out and about to apply their new skills. They are often seen jetting off to Amsterdam or Bruges, or exploring closer to home at Southend, Woburn Safari Park and Wrest Park. At the end of the year, the Travel & Tourism ‘Oscars’ awards ceremony is the perfect excuse to dress to impress!

We have great links with employers who come in to College as guest speakers and assessors or to deliver full sessions, including Monarch, Thomas Cook, Ryanair, easyJet, Flitwick Manor, Thomson, Menzies, The Embankment Hotel, Henlow Grange and Thameslink.

These visits give students the benefit of learning the skills that employers are looking for – and the proof is in the pudding. Past students are now working as Overseas Reps with Thomson, Destination Reps for Kunoni and cabin crew for easyJet, Monarch and Thomson Airways.

All students complete work experience as part of their course. Henna spent her work placement with a private flight support operator at London Luton Airport. At the end of it she was offered a job with not only this operator but with a second operator as well! Henna can now be found welcoming the rich and famous to Luton.

Luke - Bedford College Travel & Tourism alumni

Luke is now working for Thomas Cook as a Transfer Rep making sure that holidaymakers travel safely to and from their destination. “My tutors gave me advice about the best time of year to look for jobs and where to look.  I applied directly to Thomas Cook and I had a pre-recorded interview via their website. Three days later they asked me to go to an assessment day.  I had taken an additional College certificate for resort representatives and I’m sure that this helped me to stand out from the other applicants and finally get the job.”

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