Students from City of Wolverhampton College are jetting off to warmer climes next week to gain valuable experience of working life in other countries.

Bakery, cookery and hospitality students will be getting a taste of the Italian way of life in the restaurants, cafes and bakeries of Florence, working with chefs and front of house staff to prepare and serve a range of traditional dishes.

Meanwhile, hair, beauty and business students are heading to the Portuguese city of Braga where they will be pampering customers in salons and spas, and working in administration, marketing, finance and accounting roles in local businesses.

To prepare for the trip the students have taken part in cultural and language workshops to learn about the history and customs of the countries and how to communicate with their Italian and Portuguese colleagues.

Kelleigh Greene, student projects officer at the college, said: “The trips are a fantastic opportunity for the students to gain valuable experience of working abroad, learn about different working practices and find out about job opportunities in other countries that will be available when they have completed their qualifications.”

The trips have been organised through the Erasmus+ scheme which enables students and organisations across Europe to work together to improve and develop skills in the future workforce.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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