Trip of a lifetime for Shrewsbury College students

Students from Hospitality and Catering, Travel and Tourism and Business have had two weeks’ work experience in Athens, Greece. This once in a lifetime experience is in its fifth year through the Erasmus+ and Mobility Project funding. This funding is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. Organisations are invited to apply each year to undertake creative and worthwhile activities.

Hosted by the Alpine Swiss Business School of Hotel and Tourism Management, the students experienced hands-on practical training in culinary arts, hospitality, reception duties as well as gaining experience and knowledge from industry experts in seminars and presentations. Students also visited TUI, the five star Hilton Hotel and luxury cruise liners to explore the skills and personal attributes required in these exciting and competitive industries.

Group Vice Principal Quality and Curriculum Support, Chris Pemberton comments: “This EU funded programme has been an incredible experience for the students. The objective of the project is to raise aspirations, broaden horizons, encourage students to work in the EU and improve employment prospects.   The College has found that from the group of students that take part, a higher percentage than average go on to study at university and / or work abroad.”

Jardel Mcfarland, Level 2 Hospitality said, “It was the best two weeks of my life so far. I’ve never been abroad before and it’s really given me a taste for travel and an interest in work experience abroad.”

Prior to their trip, students were given Greek lessons from the Shropshire Languages Society, which would enable them to read, speak and recognise Greek whilst in Athens. Elaine Knowles, delivering the lessons commented, “I feel really privileged to come and open up the subject once again here at Shrewsbury College and share the pleasure I have in the Greek language and culture. The students have been really responsive with the sessions and I’m impressed with their progress.”  

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