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Flying away on job passports

Thomas Cook image shows (l-r): Matt Barr, Curriculum Manager for Travel and Tourism, Blackpool and The Fylde College students Jessica Ellidge, Holly Laidlaw, Kimberley Mashiter and Lauren Warburton, Stella Peters, Cluster Manager for Wyre, Customer Service Manager for Thomas Cook Cleveleys

Thomas Cook image shows (l-r): Matt Barr, Curriculum Manager for Travel and Tourism, Blackpool and The Fylde College students Jessica Ellidge, Holly Laidlaw, Kimberley Mashiter and Lauren Warburton, Stella Peters, Cluster Manager for Wyre, Customer Service Manager for Thomas Cook Cleveleys

Travel and tourism students have got the world at their feet after college bosses secured a unique placement opportunity for them.

Blackpool and The Fylde College has secured a partnership with Thomas Cook and the Co-operative Travel meaning they exclusively supply students for work placements in the company’s Fylde coast branches.

Students will also be the first to be notified of any job vacancies in stores and guaranteed an interview for relevant jobs, which education bosses hope will see them secure jobs straight out of training.

Tourism chiefs from the two firms will also visit the college to give talks and run mock interviews to help students prepare for working life.

Matt Barr, curriculum manager for hospitality, tourism and sport at Blackpool and The Fylde College, said: “We have a strong working relationship with a number of companies in the tourism industry but to be working so closely with such a renowned company is incredibly exciting.

“It will give our students the opportunity to develop their employability skills and gain experience and contacts in their chosen field.”

Around 80 students are set to benefit from the work experience opportunities each year, gaining skills needed to work on airlines, cruise ships, in general customer service and as holiday reps.

Susan Moody, cluster manager for Thomas Cook and Co-operative Travel, added: “We believe that encouraging students to experience the work environment along with providing them with many work based trainings will help them significantly.”

Students will take up the work placements from September this year.

 

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