An insight into careers based at the airport
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