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Five former travel and tourism students from Langley College have successfully completed their first year of training with award-winning global event and corporate travel management company, The Appointment Group (TAG). The five students graduated in a prestigious ceremony in Slough recently to celebrate their achievements before they head off to take up roles in one of company’s global office locations.

Cally Ward, Frankie Sousa, Paulina Siankiwiecz, Rio Patel and Finty Murdoch, who all completed a level three travel and tourism course at Langley College last June, were presented with their award by John Gianquito, Joint CEO of TAG at a special ceremony at the Travelport office in Slough.

For the past year, the fabulous five have been training with TAG after passing an intensive recruitment process, which started with a visit to the College. They have been learning all aspects of the industry from business etiquette and customer service to building relationships with suppliers and understanding the needs of VIP travellers, enabling them to deliver the high standards of service for which TAG is renowned. They have also successfully completed extensive training on computerised reservation systems such as Galileo with Travelport in Slough.

Cally Ward (19, from Iver), explains: “I applied for the role at TAG after the company visited the college last year and I am really glad I did. Since starting my training, I have had the chance to work in their offices in New York and Los Angeles and been trained on the Galileo booking system.

“I’m really thankful for the great start the College has given me and for introducing me to TAG. It is a great company and they really make you feel like a valued part of the team. I’m looking forward to progressing with the company and hopefully working at one of their global offices.”

Fellow graduate, Paulina Siankiwiecz (19, from Maidenhead), agrees: “Graduating has been an amazing achievement. It has been a fantastic challenge and worth all the hard work. If it wasn’t for Langley College, I wouldn’t have this opportunity to work for such a great company. The Appointment Group and the College have been so supportive and taught me so much. I’m really excited about continuing my career with TAG.”

TAG manages the day-to-day travel requirements of clients from across the global business community. Teams of travel professionals provide a dedicated 24/7 service to clients from the corporate, finance, law, music, media and entertainment sectors via TAG’s network of global offices.

John Gianquitto, Joint TAG CEO added: “I am extremely pleased with the positive outcome of such an ambitious project. To have succeeded in training young individuals to fully capable Travel Executives in 12 months is a fantastic result and encouraging for the future. With TAG continuously expanding, our requirement for talented individuals will keep on growing. Having talent harnessed and developed in house, talent that fully understands the TAG ethos and service levels is of enormous value to us.”

Karen Cripps, tourism lecturer at Langley College, explained: “It was fantastic to see our students doing so well in the workplace. The travel industry is one of the biggest industries in the world and as a college we work closely with employers to provide our students with the latest knowledge and skills to access the exciting range of opportunities out there.”

Langley College’s Travel and Tourism Department offers a range of courses from level one right through to a Foundation Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management. The courses are designed to prepare students for an array of careers in the tourist industry, from airline cabin crew and tour operators to hotel management and corporate travel.

For further information on Langley College and its travel and tourism courses including the new Foundation Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management, please click here or call 01753 793000.

Published in Travel and Tourism

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Students from Windsor College went the extra mile on Wednesday (16th November) to raise money for BBC Children in Need. Ten students from the Evolve course (formerly Personal Options) took part in a sponsored 10k walk from Windsor Castle to the Copper Horse statue and back again, raising over £165 for the charity.

East Berkshire College’s Evolve courses are designed for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. The College has built up an excellent reputation for the quality of its foundation learning programmes and its Windsor College is a specialist area for learners on the autistic spectrum.

Lecturer Liz Wheeler explains: “The sponsored walk was a great success and a fun way to raise money for a worthy cause. All the students that took part are currently on the Evolve programme at Windsor College, which is a course for people on the autistic spectrum.”

For more information on the Evolve programme (formerly called Personal Options) and over 800 other courses at East Berkshire College, please click here or call 01753 793000.

The BBC Children in Need Appeal is a charity whose aim is to make a positive change to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. For more information about BBC Children in Need, please visit bbc.co.uk/pudsey 

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 17:44

Exploring the future at Langley College

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Movie magic, Italian cuisine and futuristic technology combined to create a show-stopping Open Day at Langley College on Tuesday (8 November). Over 490 prospective students and their families visited the campus in Station Road to check out the state-of-the-art facilities and find out about over 800 courses.

From engineering to childcare, there was an array of displays and have-a-go activities running throughout the event to entertain and inform visitors. Highlights of the evening included the chance to experience the latest virtual reality technology in the College’s Innovation Centre and hairdressing students showcasing their skills by creating some fun hairstyles inspired by the movie Trolls.

In the motor vehicle and engineering department, students demonstrated the latest 3D printers and CNC milling machines, while talented catering students served up a delicious selection of Italian dishes and cakes to hungry guests. Visitors were even invited to have a go at making their own pizzas in the modern training kitchens.

Prospective students Hannah Germain and Ellie Firth, from Windsor, attended the event for advice on hair and beauty courses: “We heard about the Open Day at school, so we decided to come along to find out more. The salons look really professional and everyone was really helpful. We even had the chance to have a go at some hairdressing activities ourselves.”

Mary Langstone (17, from Maidenhead), who is studying a level three hairdressing course at the College, was on hand to provide advice from a student’s perspective: “At college you get treated more like an adult, you have the freedom to be more creative and, on my course, you have the chance to work on real customers. Coming to college has really inspired me to work hard, so I can open my own salon one day.”

Langley College, part of East Berkshire College, continues to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards and last year completed a £30m refurbishment to provide state-of-the-art learning facilities for current and future students. These improvements included new hair and beauty salons, a sports centre and a Hospitality & Catering Academy.

Each year, the College helps thousands of individuals aged 14-90 to fulfil their ambitions through education and training. The College offers an extensive range of part-time, full-time and workplace training courses, from introductory right through to degree level.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of courses, please call 01753 793000 or click here.

Published in Hair & Beauty

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