High-flying holiday firm help learners prepare for work

Representatives from renowned holiday and travel experts, Thomas Cook, recently visited the Grimsby Institute where they spent time with Travel and Tourism learners who are looking at embarking on high-flying careers that could take them all over the world.

Beverley Watson, Grimsby Institute’s Curriculum Leader for Travel and Tourism, explained: “As part of their course the learners undertake a Senior Resort Representative qualification that is sponsored by Thomas Cook. The learners have had a full assessment day with Thomas Cook where they get a chance to find out what the assessment procedure is like for Thomas Cook while it also covers part of the qualification they are doing.

“It’s really important because it’s so hard to get a job in the industry and to have the opportunity to take part in these assessments, in a college environment, gives the learners a greater chance of being successful when they go for job interviews in the future.”

Level 2 Travel & Tourism learners, Megan Gensen and Kimberley Garrad, took part in the assessments, Megan said: “We were all given a number and then they got us into groups and we did a group activity to organise a day’s events. It was good because we got put with people we’ve not spoken too much.

Kimberley added; “Then we all had to go up to the front individually and describe a holiday that we love. I picked Spain because it’s sunny. It was nerve-wracking but I’m really glad we got the chance to do it.”

Megan continued: “My group decided to do our own towns. I live in Barton and we’ve got the Humber Bridge and the Nature Reserve. There’s also lots of restaurants and other things to do so people should definitely come there.”