An in­sight into ca­reers based at the air­port

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS -

LOUGH­BOR­OUGH Col­lege stu­dents are pre­par­ing for ca­reer take off af­ter be­ing of­fered a glimpse be­hind the scenes at a ma­jor air­port.

Learn­ers study­ing travel at the col­lege dis­cov­ered dou­ble decker planes and a host of vi­tal op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing bor­der con­trol, could all be in a day’s work for them when they vis­ited Birm­ing­ham Air­port, which last year saw more than 12 mil­lion pas­sen­gers pass through it.

“Our stu­dents were given full ac­cess to ar­rivals and departures, where they were able to view the air­port apron as tugs moved lug­gage and air­craft re­fu­elled and to see some of the most lux­u­ri­ous air­craft, in­clud­ing dou­ble decker planes,” said Elizabeth Gensler, who leads the ex­tended diploma in travel at Lough­bor­ough Col­lege.

“At the Ed­u­ca­tional Hub we heard from ground han­dling com­pany Swis­s­port as well as Bor­der Con­trol and Im­mi­gra­tion, gain­ing a fan­tas­tic in­sight into the work they all do to keep op­er­a­tions run­ning smoothly and keep pas­sen­gers safe.

“It is one thing to learn the­ory in the class­room but to be on the ground and to see be­hind the scenes of an op­er­a­tion of that scale re­ally brought ev­ery­thing alive for them.

“The stu­dents were taken through the re­cruit­ment process and the stan­dards and qual­i­ties ex­pected for a whole host of in­ter­est­ing job op­tions, some they hadn’t even been aware of.

“The prospect of such a range of ca­reers and the buzzing en­vi­ron­ment re­ally in­spired them all. They didn’t want to leave.”

Pic­tured: Lough­bor­ough Col­lege travel stu­dents go be­hind the scenes at Birm­ing­ham Air­port (from left) Grace Carecci, Chloe Whiles, Chloe Cole­man, Amy Car­pen­ter, Vicky Car­pen­ter, Jes­sica Bayliss, Ella Clarke, Bethan Whit­ten and Me­gan Wood

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