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Travel and Tourism students fly into dream jobs

Hugh Baird College’s Travel and Tourism department is flying high as the new term takes off. Not only are they about to launch their new teaching facilities complete with aeroplane fuselage, but they are also celebrating their former students landing dream jobs with some of the biggest names in the industry.

Students from the courses are now working with organisations such as Flybe, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Radisson and Hilton.

Shannon Lloyd, from Skelmersdale, completed the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism, with the highest possible grade of triple distinction stars, alongside the Level 2 Introduction to Cabin Crew qualification. Now, as well as studying towards a degree in Event Management at Liverpool John Moores University, she is also employed at Signature Living’s newest Liverpool apart-hotel, 30 James Street, all thanks to the experience gained at Hugh Baird College.

Benefitting from close links with employers throughout the hospitality and visitor economy sector, students on the College’s Travel and Tourism Cabin Crew courses have the chance to act as hosts, representing the College at lots of high profile events. These have recently included work at the International Festival for Business, the Association of Colleges (AoC) and hosting the VIP tent at Liverpool Pride.

Having used Hugh Baird College Cabin Crew for their launch event, 30 James Street were so impressed that they hand selected students for jobs there. Shannon was one of the students recruited to work at their Champagne Bar and this quickly led to her being promoted to part of their wedding planning team…her dream job!

Shannon Lloyd and Josue Mokwabily.

Shannon said:

“I really enjoyed the Cabin Crew training and all the experience we got on the course. It was as part of the Cabin Crew that I was offered the job at 30 James Street and to now be part of their Event Planning Team is a dream come true. I had always planned to go to university to do a degree in Event Management so my job ties in perfectly with my studies now that I’ve started at university. I feel my experience on the course has really given me a head start in the industry.”

Twenty year old Josue Mokwabily from Anfield is another student whose qualifications and experience gained on the Travel and Tourism courses has helped to bring him a life changing opportunity. A talented footballer, Josue has achieved a scholarship to Oklahoma City University in America to study Business Management and Entrepreneurship. He too was offered work at the Champagne Bar at 30 James Street after hosting at their corporate opening.

Programme leader for the Travel and Tourism courses, Francesca McArdle said:

“Josue’s exuberant personality and professional approach were frequently commented on by staff, clients and visitors. He was always the first to volunteer for events and both he and Shannon are excellent role models for the course and the College. They epitomise the high standards and transferable skills we teach. Our Cabin Crew hosting team are in great demand, working for both internal and external clients and we can always be confident of them doing an excellent job because the skills they learn are directly linked to the needs of employers.”

Follow these links to see the Cabin Crew in action:

If you are interested in finding out more about the Travel and Tourism courses at Hugh Baird College, telephone 0151 353 4444 or visit www.hughbaird.ac.uk.

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