Langley Royal Wedding

Langley College students are receiving specialist training to play a central role at the forthcoming coming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. As Royal Borough Ambassadors, the Foundation Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management students, Business and Public Service students are now first aid and counter-terrorism trained, ready to help manage the crowds and be the eyes and ears on the ground as they work alongside other trained professionals on the big day.

With media interest at an all-time high the students found themselves as the stars of a yet to be aired episode of the One Show. Presenter Matt Allwright spent the afternoon filming the students as they walked the wedding procession route, which on the day may have an estimated 100,000 plus visitors. Tune into BBC1 week commencing 14 May to see the students discuss their training with St John’s Ambulance, Project Griffin counter-terrorism and the confidential updates on event planning they’ve been privy to.

The training sessions and unique learning insights on ‘the wedding of the year’ preparations are invaluable know-how for the Foundation Degree Tourism and Hospitality students. Commenting on the training which Karen Cripps, Travel and Tourism Lecturer believes will be particularly beneficial to future career opportunities, said: “Having royal wedding experience is certainly going to make these students’ CVs stand out from the crowd. They will have once in a lifetime experience any interviewer is going to be keen to explore further. We have unrivalled industry contacts here at Langley College and our students often get access to incredible career enhancing experiences as part of their studies.”

The Foundation Degree in Tourism and Hospitality, designed to give students the technical hands-on skills and knowledge required for the sector is a two year course run over two days a week. Many students progress to a degree programme or embark on a wide variety of careers opportunities available across the diverse spectrum of the hospitality and tourism industry.

Student Carla Oliviera found the training both enjoyable and informative. Commenting on the sessions she said: “I think the first aid and counter-terrorism training will be a valuable addition to my CV and invaluable to my future career ambitions.” Once Carla has successfully completed her Foundation Degree in Tourism and Hospitality she plans to work as either airline cabin crew or pursue a career in the hospitality sector.

For further information on the full range of tourism and hospitality courses please go to eastberks.ac.uk/courses/travel-and-tourism.

Published in Travel and Tourism

David Mike and Christian - VR event

Game-changing ENGAGE platform beams in the best teachers from around the world

The traditional classroom lesson were finally consigned to the history books when technology pioneers, Immersive VR Education, beamed experts from California and Dubai into a virtual classroom to teach students here at Langley College, via a short trip to the moon.

 

PIXAR co-founder, Loren Carpenter, was ‘beamed’ in to the virtual reality (VR) classroom live from the US so that IT and gaming students could learn from the very best in the world on how VR brings education to life. Commenting on the future of VR in education he said: “Through virtual reality, we can create a fabulous distributed classroom where anyone in the world with the internet can access a classroom and teaching. We can examine concepts that are difficult to recreate in other ways. Students can experience what it is like at the top of Everest or get inside a locomotive to see how it works up close.”

 

Christian Long, gaming teacher and champion for VR technology for Windsor Forest Colleges Group created the event for his students by drawing on his impressive connections within the global VR industry, said: “It is said we only retain 30% of what we hear, but 90% of what we experience. It’s why we can often remember our childhood holidays vividly, but not many of our school lessons. VR is an incredibly powerful tool for engaging students and helping them experience what they learn, so the lesson is never lost. When we can then add the best teachers from across the globe into the mix, the impact we can have on our pupils’ ability to learn will be phenomenal.”

 

The PIXAR animation guru and Oscar winner was also joined by Dubai-based teacher and VR pioneer, Steven Bambury. Steven, from the Jumeirah School, took students on a VR journey from Langley to the moon and then to an ancient stone circle in Wiltshire so they could experience the transformative power of VR on a lesson.

David Whelan, CEO of Immersive VR Education, creators of the ENGAGE platform said: “This is a pivotal moment in the history of learning. ENGAGE allows students to not only experience the environment they are learning about in virtual reality but have the best teachers from around the globe join them in a virtual classroom.”

The Windsor Forest Colleges Group has made significant investment into technology, working with employers and businesses to ensure we are pioneers of this exciting technology in the education sector.

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