HoW College’s High Flyers Visit Birmingham Airport


Six Heart of Worcestershire College (HoW College) Travel and Tourism students went to new heights this week as they took a trip to Birmingham airport in conjunction with Qatar Airways.

The day gave students a chance to explore different job roles and take an exclusive look behind the scenes at one of the countries busiest airports.

The students got to reach for the skies as they received a tour around the airport followed by an airside restaurant lunch. Finishing the day on a ‘high’ the students got the opportunity to explore the facilities aboard the new Qatar Airways 787 Dreamliner.

HoW College is committed to incorporating industry knowledge and work experience alongside all of our courses. We are proud to have strong employer and industry links which provide our students with the basis for their future careers.

Speaking about the trip, Level Three Travel and Tourism student, Ellie Peters, said:

“The trip to Birmingham airport was amazing and has given me an opportunity to look behind the scenes and see parts of the airport you don’t see as customer. It gave me a real idea of the working world in an airport. The trip showed us a number of different roles including cabin crew, dispatchers, airline managers, check in desk and many more. Now I have a much clearer vision of working in the travel and tourism industry and my knowledge will really help me not only with  my course but also in Spires Travel where I work”

Spires Travel Manager, Paul Knapper, added:

“It is wonderful that Birmingham Airport and Qatar Airways give us the chance to come and experience the airport and get to see one of the new Dreamliner Aircraft first hand. Our staff and students can use the things we learnt from some training we had to benefit not only the Travel Agency, but also for their future career choices. We all came away from the day knowing a lot more about Birmingham airport and Qatar Airways, and made some important industry contacts.”

For more information about studying Travel and Tourism at HoW College please visit our website:

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