TRAVEL and Tourism students from Cornwall College St Austell learnt about the role of cabin crew recently when they received a specialist presentation and talk from a member of British Airways (BA) cabin crew.
Janet Willis, from BA, came and spoke to the students about the role of cabin crew, sharing experiences (good and bad) and photos and explained about what is covered in a pre-flight briefing and the importance of it.
After carrying out several mock role plays, the students carried out an assessed role play of a pre-flight briefing. In this they had to answer questions demonstrating their knowledge of the flight they were due to embark on, as well as general security and Health & Safety issues.
Kaitlin Mitchell, 16, who is studying Travel & Tourism Diploma and Air Cabin Crew Certificate at the College, said: “It was great to have someone still doing the job and who lives in our area to make my aim of becoming cabin crew feel more achievable.”
Sarah Bruce, Travel and Tourism Lecturer, explained: “It was great for the students to speak to someone who is still doing the job; it put everything they had been learning about cabin crew into context. The learners felt a real sense of achievement that they had the seal of approval from an active member of cabin crew.
“All were successful and passed their assessment as part of their NCFE Air Cabin Certificate and are now well and truly hooked and, after completing college, many of them want to follow in Janet’s footsteps.”
As the session was so successful, Janet is hoping to return to the College in the next couple of months.
Dave Linnell, Principal of Cornwall College, said: “We are very grateful for Janet taking time out of her busy schedule to come and speak to our students about her role. Gaining essential knowledge and experience from industry experts is vital in preparing our students for entering the workplace.”
If you are interested in finding out more about the Travel & Tourism courses on offer at Cornwall College St Austell, please call 0845 22 32 567, visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or pop along to the forthcoming Open Event on Saturday 30 June from 10am – 12pm. Places are still available for a September start.
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