First class facilities ready for take-off!
Air Cabin Crew students based at the College's Crawley campus are flying high, after a classroom was 'transformed' to represent the inside of a commercial aircraft, giving them the chance to train in a real life working environment.
The new training area, used by students on the Level 2 Diploma in Air Cabin Crew, now features twenty-four airline seats and overhead lockers, plus a galley area and crew jump seat. With practical tasks and role-plays an essential part of the course, first class facilities are vital in order to make the assessments as realistic as possible.
In addition to classroom-based activities, and food and beverage service experience in the College's training restaurant, Le Cordon Vert, students also participate in off-site trips and external training sessions, which support their knowledge of the aviation industry. Throughout the year, students visit the headquarters of international airlines such as Monarch, and Virgin Atlantic, where they get the opportunity to take part in safety training, including general cabin safety, and dealing with fire and smoke. They also experience ditching drills and evacuation procedures in water, at a training session held at a local swimming pool by Active Solutions Consulting Group. The year-long course concludes with an exciting flight to Edinburgh, where students get to experience exactly what's involved in the job after take-off.
Student Alex Rodrigues, 18, from Bewbush, understands how practical training in a real-life environment could give him the edge when it comes to getting a job. He says: "I really enjoy the variety of the lessons here at College and find the practical tasks particularly interesting. I recently started work as a waiter at a top hotel, and believe my lessons in the College's restaurant helped me get this job. Eventually I hope to become cabin crew, and would love to work for a big airline like Virgin, Emirates or British Airways - I believe I'm already well on my way!"