Students prepare to board dream careers

Students at Hugh Baird College’s Visitor Economy and Hospitality Career College, are being put through their paces as the College prepares them to embark on careers in air travel.

The students, who are aged from 14 -19, all undertook industry standard mock interviews as part of their course. They are even getting in shape in the College’s Lifestyle Fitness gym so they can receive an industry recognised ‘fit to fly’ certificate.

On their course, the Cabin Crew students the students learn customer service, selling skills, airline health safety and security, personal presentation, first aid and presenting a professional image through internal and external events.

They were also visited recently by former student, Elizabeth Maitland, who is now flying high as an air hostess with Monarch Airways. Elizabeth met with more than 30 students, giving everyone an insight in to how to prepare for an interview when applying to become a member of cabin crew. She explained what to expect, suggestions on what to wear to the interview and key pointers on the conduct that should be adopted while in the interview process.

Elizabeth said:

“It was an honour to come back to meet with my former tutors and the current cohort of budding stewards and stewardesses. Hugh Baird College really helped me during my time here. Everyone was so supportive and the course increased my confidence so I felt ready to go for interviews with top airlines. I am just really glad that I’ve been able to come back and hopefully help others follow in my footsteps.”

Programme Leader for the Visitor Economy Pathway, Fran McCardle, added:

“The whole ethos of the work we do at the Career College at Hugh Baird College revolves around providing students with experiences that really get them work ready and confident to move on seamlessly to the career of their dreams. The students learn about the importance of the visitor economy in Liverpool and meet with major industry figures from across the city to find out just what they look for when recruiting.
Our students also take part in a range of prestigious external events throughout the year, enabling them to fine tune their customer service and hospitality skills.”

The first image shows – the students in Lifestyle Fitness as they work up to their Fit to Fly certificate. The second image shows – the students with Elizabeth Maitland in the College’s purpose built realistic airline cabin and the 3rd image shows – students as they working at a college open evening.

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