Travel industry beckons for students experiencing life as a TUI apprentice

A group of travel and tourism students have had a taste of life as a TUI apprentice.

The learners from Cornwall College St Austell spent a day at the St Austell branch of TUI during National Apprenticeship Week to learn about job opportunities at the company.

Level 3 Travel & Tourism student at Cornwall College St Austell, Lily Every, said it was “really interesting” to learn about the many job roles that are offered within TUI.

“We learnt about the apprenticeship process and spoke to the TUI apprentice in the branch,” she continued.

“Throughout the day we completed different activities to help increase our confidence and in the afternoon we were paired up with customer service. I have always been intrigued by the travel industry and I can see myself working in it in the future.”

Fellow Level 3 Travel & Tourism student at Cornwall College St Austell, Jamie Rigley, said having experiences like this on the course gives “you a great head start”.

“There is a lot more than goes on behind the scenes at a Travel Agents than I expected. We looked at TUI’s holiday planning service and they offer such a comprehensive service to the customer.”

“The day was a really good insight into the industry and we had plenty of opportunities to ask questions.”

“I definitely want to work in this industry after I have completed my level 3, you get to meet so many different people and I feel you can really find yourself whilst working abroad or traveling. This industry opens up so many opportunities for you.”

Retail Manager at TUI St Austell, Debbie Wakeford, said it was a great opportunity for students to spend the day at TUI to show them the job opportunities available and the career they could achieve.

“They spent time with our current apprentice, cabin crew and shadowed our customer service team,” she explained.

“It has been great to have them with us for the day, they were very engaged students and asked plenty of questions.”

Level 2 Travel & Tourism student at Cornwall College St Austell, Sadie Houghton, said she would definitely recommend studying travel and tourism at Cornwall College.

“I am really enjoying the course and I plan to progress onto Level 3,” she said.

“The lecturers are fantastic and really supportive.”

There is a Course and Careers Advice Morning at Cornwall College St Austell on Saturday 14th March 10am until Midday where the campus is open for potential students and families to look around facilities and meet lecturers.

For more information on the range of Travel & Tourism courses available across The Cornwall College Group visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or call 0330 123 2523.