Walsall College Air Cabin Crew students had their boarding passes at the ready when flight attendants from two of the UK’s largest airlines arrived to give them an insight in to careers in the industry.
Representatives from Virgin Atlantic, Eve Tonks, and Monarch Airlines, Amar Razaq, who is also a former Walsall College Travel and Tourism student, each spent a day with the Level 2 students to help prepare them for potentially working for either of the airlines.
Students were given practical demonstrations on preparing cabins for take-off, learnt about each airline’s emergency and evacuation procedures, recruitment process and what it’s like working for the companies. They also took part in mock interviews, team building activities and aptitude tests to give them an idea of what they may encounter at respective interview days.
Curriculum Manager for Travel and Tourism at Walsall College, David Higgins, said: “Monarch offers short haul flights while in comparison Virgin are known for long haul departures, so taking part in workshops with both airlines was a great opportunity for students to learn about the different career options available to them.
“This was a very useful and fun learning experience for students, which has enhanced their knowledge of the airline industry and given them an insight in to how to improve their chances of success when applying for related roles.”
David added: “It was also very inspiring for the class to hear from a former student who has been where they are and gone on to be successful in the industry.”
Work Experience Co-ordinator at Walsall College, Jaswant Sembhi, explained: “Industry visits like this, alongside other initiatives including work experience, are a key part of the courses at the college as we look to ensure that our students leave with more than just their qualification. We aim to produce students who are ‘work ready’ and have the employability skills, which employers look for.”