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Travel and Tourism students enjoyed a special trip to Virgin Atlantic’s hangar at Heathrow Airport yesterday (Wednesday, March 15).

Students on Level 2 and the second year of the Level 3 qualification enjoyed a day planned especially for them, to help with their courses and with planning the next steps of their careers.

They were given a bespoke tour of the hangar, watched an engine be changed, and enjoyed a ‘brilliant’ talk on the range of jobs available with the company.

“The students had a fantastic day, and they learnt a lot in short space of time,” said Jennifer Fasad, Curriculum and Standards Coordinator for Travel and Tourism at Nescot.

“We arrange a lot of trips for our students, because we know it’s much more meaningful for them to learn by seeing and experiencing things themselves, rather than reading a book in a classroom.

“The students came away full of ideas, and thinking hard about what the next step will be for them, whether that’s in airport operations management, national tourism, or working as cabin crew.”

The trip was organised by Nescot staff member Vicki Williams, who teaches cabin crew on the course as well as working part-time with Virgin Atlantic. 

Nescot offers Travel and Tourism at Level 2 and at Level 3. Students go on a wide range of trips to support their learning, from UK destinations to trips abroad, as well as welcoming expert speakers.

Students can take extra qualifications in Resort Reps, Aviation Operations on the Ground, as well as Cabin Crew, and they also do work experience placements each year to help put their skills into practice.