The Travel and Tourism Industry is one of the biggest employment sectors in the world – the scale of career opportunities is endless. The sector is progressing quickly and is a first choice destination for young people looking to make a start in a successful, bountiful career. At TyneMet, Level 3 Travel and Tourism students had the unique opportunity to visit the Thomas Cook Cabin Crew Training Centre, which is situated in Cheshire and is one of the largest facilities in the UK. The centre provides realistic training scenarios and tailored training programmes for the Travel and Tourism industry.

The students had the opportunity to get involved in an array of exciting training presentations and demonstrations including scenarios that can happen when the aircraft is in flight – the cabin crew training included reconstructions of fire and smoke practical training, pre-flight safety demonstrations and aircraft door handling - students developed a range of skills and techniques required in the industry. Georgia Hogg, Level 3 Travel and Tourism student said: “We were all really excited for the Thomas Cook Trip; the facilities at the centre are amazing and I really enjoyed the role play training and how to plan for an emergency in the air. Going on the trip has reaffirmed my ambition to work in Travel and Tourism.”

Travel and Tourism tutor, Michelle Harrison, said: “The longstanding partnership that we have with Thomas means that our students receive an invaluable insight into the sector at an industry relevant standard. The Thomas Cook Cabin Crew Training Centre is a fantastic resource and provides students with a chance to apply theory in a practical setting.  The Thomas Cook training team delivered a detailed programme; students were fully engaged throughout the day and benefited from learning about the industry in such fantastic facilities.”

Level 3 Travel and Tourism Student, Kirsty Dickson, said:  “The course has been packed full of trips and events, which have really helped us to get a good understanding of the skills that employers are looking for.  The modules you learn on the course relate to the practical training and prepares you for entering the workforce. I really enjoyed the trip, we received essential training such as aircraft simulations and brace positions, and I hope to become a cabin crew member one day.”

If you’re interested in a career that offers diverse job opportunities in the Travel and Tourism industry, gain a broad knowledge of the industry with a Travel and Tourism course from TyneMet: www.tynemet.ac.uk/travel