OSFC Travel & Tourism students had a work experience placement in October as part of their course. They went to a variety of different organisations including attractions (Chill Factor e), hospitality providers (Premier Inn), restaurants (White Hart), Cafes and leisure providers.
The students set objectives for their work experience placements and then considered whether or not they had met these during the week. They had to adhere to a set code of conduct, monitor their progress and demonstrate their excellent skills, qualities and behaviours. They also needed to collect and gather information to produce an information booklet about their work experience placement when they were back at college.
Tutor Karen Bates said,
“The feedback I received when I contacted the placements was outstanding and really positive. They were great ambassadors for themselves, the course and the college.”
Many of the students even got offers of employment as a results of their impressive skills during their work experience placement and one student even got paid for work they did, as the employer was so impressed by their skills, qualities and behaviours.
Students Rebecca Pendleton, Rebecca Thompson and Courtney Bennett now work at Chill Factor e. Shereen Khalid now works at Link 4 Life, who are even paying for her to be trained as a lifeguard. Chloe Senior gained a job at Premier Inn as they were so impressed by her initiative and customer service skills. Abbie Fletcher Savage got offered a job at Menagerie in Manchester, who described her as ‘an asset to the college’.
The students filled out an evaluation of their work experience, some of the highlights included:
- ‘I loved meeting new people’
- ‘I really enjoyed my week’
- ‘I loved making guests experiences more enjoyable’
- ‘I enjoyed learning new skills and gaining experience’
- ‘I enjoyed working as part of a team’
- ‘I enjoyed learning the skills and techniques used in hotel work’.
According to Karen Bates,
“This just confirms what we think of our students in Travel and Tourism, that they are stars, deserve the success that they will undoubtedly have and are making excellent progress both academically in college and within the industry on work experience placements. Well done to all involved, a successful week all round!”
If you are interested in studying Travel and Tourism at OSFC or want to find out more about the fantastic work experience programme available to all students take a look at our current prospectus available online at http://www.osfc.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/OSFC-Prospectus-2017-2018.pdf and be sure to come along to our Open Day on Saturday 19 November 10am -2pm.