College Students land prestigious summer internships in Greece

Two Hospitality Students from Shrewsbury College have been offered internships working abroad in Greece this summer thanks to proving their worth during a once-in-a-lifetime work experience project.

The students, Michael Jones, 25, and James Phillips, 18, visited the country last summer as part of a trip which saw students from Hospitality & Catering, Travel & Tourism and Business enjoying two weeks’ work experience in Athens, Greece.

Michael and James have successfully secured international paid internships in Greece for the coming summer season on the back of their work experience opportunity. They will be based with hoteliers in Halkidiki and Rhodes and will benefit from the world-class training.

“I’m really excited about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work overseas. It’s been a lifelong ambition of mine as I enjoy travelling and experiencing other cultures,” said Michael from Shrewsbury.

Michael and James are currently studying Level 3 Supervision in Hospitality at Shrewsbury College. They attended interviews independently in Athens through Shrewsbury College’s Erasmus Partner – Alpine Centre, the Swiss Business School for International Hotel & Tourism Management Education. The students experienced hands-on practical training in culinary arts, hospitality, reception duties as well as gaining experience and knowledge from industry experts in seminars and presentations.

They fought for their places through the tough competition from other international students, who attended the industry day in Athens.

Angelina Jones, Lecturer in Hospitality, said: “This a wonderful opportunity for both Michael and James as this will let them gain valuable work experience in a different environment. It will boost their career prospects and open their eyes to gain valuable experience and the world of opportunities available to them within the growing hospitality industry.”

This was the fifth time the students had been given the opportunity to take part in the work experience project thank to Erasmus+ and Mobility Project funding. This funding is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. Organisations are invited to apply each year to undertake creative and worthwhile activities.

Group Vice Principal Quality and Curriculum Support, Chris Pemberton said: “This EU funded programme has been an incredible experience for the students. The objective of the project is to raise aspirations, broaden horizons, encourage students to work in the EU and improve employment prospects. The College has found that from the group of students that take part, a higher percentage than average go on to study at university and / or work abroad.”

For more information about studying at Shrewsbury College, visit www.shrewsbury.ac.uk or call 01743 342342. The next Advice Event is on March 23. Alternatively you can follow the College on Facebook: shrewsburycollege Instagram: shrewsbury_college and Twitter: @shrewsburycol.

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