Virgin Atlantic help student careers to take off

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Virgin Atlantic help student careers to take off

05 January 2015

Students at Virgin

Travel & Tourism students from Bracknell & Wokingham College recently visited Virgin Atlantic’s head office ‘The Base’ to learn about the recruitment process for the airline industry and to take part in airline cabin safety training.

Virgin’s highly professional and experienced staff helped the students to think about their future and explained the high standards of employability skills needed for the industry including punctuality, commitment, reliability, integrity and professionalism.

The students also took an active part in practical demonstrations of the evacuation process which included crawling out of mock aeroplanes and water rafts and using the inflatable evacuation slides.

At the end of the day, students were awarded a certificate of attendance which is a valuable addition to their CV.

Student Bakhtawer Khan, 20, from Bracknell, found the day useful in helping her make a decision about her next step after college:

“The trainers were really friendly and professional and I learned a lot from them about their past experience as cabin crew and how they train new recruits. I also learned a lot about the recruitment process for the Airline industry, and I am now thinking of applying to Virgin. 

“Having done some of the training that cabin crew actually do, I feel I have real life experiences and that will really help me when it comes to applying and being interviewed. “

Travel & Tourism tutor Dawn Annets spoke of the impact this visit has on the students:

“We are very privileged to have such good links with key, industry-leading organisations, such as Virgin Atlantic, who allow our students into their head office and to experience Virgin training facilities and training methods.

“The day helps students think about their futures, ask relevant questions about the industry, recruitment process and the job itself including safety on board, evacuation, customer service all of which builds knowledge and confidence for future interviews either at Virgin or in other organisations.

“There is always a lot more to the job than students first realise and the day gives them more of a rounded view.”

James Taylor, Vice Principal for Curriculum and Quality at the college explained why they encourage their tutors to arrange such trips:

“Industry trips and 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.”

If you are interested in our Travel & Tourism course or any of our other vocational or A Level courses come to our Open Event on Saturday 15 November, visit, or call 01344 868600 to find out more.

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