Students prepare for Athens adventure

A group of 21 students will embark on a trip of a lifetime this weekend, when they jet off for a two week long, all expenses paid work experience placement in the resort of Glyfada, Athens.

The students, who are currently studying Hospitality & Catering or Travel & Tourism courses at Shrewsbury College, were selected as part of the European Commissions’ Leonardo programme.

During the two week trip students will work at a campus belonging to the Athens City Unity College, which doubles up as a fully operating hotel. They will be placed in a variety of roles in the hotel’s kitchen, restaurant, front of house and events department.

Shrewsbury College’s Head of School for Service Industries, Chris Pemberton, said: “The trip is a great opportunity for students to improve their skills and gain valuable experience in their trade. When they are not working in the hotel, they will be able to attend cultural trips and visits, including the Acropolis and a three island cruise.”

“I’m really looking forward to going,” said Travel & Tourism student Connor Roberts. “The placement will be great experience and will help me write my personal statement for university. I want to study Travel & Tourism at uni when I finish my course at College.”

The Leonardo programme is just one part of the European Commissions’ Lifelong Learning Programme, which provides grants for all areas of education, training and learning. It provides opportunities for organisations, staff and learners involved in education and training across Europe to work together, learn from each other’s expertise, and widen their experience of other cultures and languages.

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