Destination employment after BMet students complete work placements

The future is looking bright for travel and tourism students at Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet). After completing their work placements, two students have been offered employment and two others are preparing to attend job interviews for their dream roles.

Megan Millin completed a 14-day placement at New Hall Hotel & Spa in Sutton Coldfield and will join their hospitality team in the summer.  Josh Shirley, who worked alongside her, has now gained a hospitality role at Birmingham Airport.

Meanwhile, Cruise Lee, who completed a placement at Virgin Trains at Birmingham New Street, hopes to take up a customer service position there, subject to interview.  Also keeping her fingers crossed is student, Jo Frisby who has secured an interview for a position as a travel sales advisor at Co-op Travel in Sutton Coldfield.

Laura Read, Department Manager for Travel and Tourism said: “It’s rewarding for
both our students and the college that their professional development has resulted in these excellent job opportunities.

“Their course focuses on every aspect of the industry, including hospitality, event planning, customer service and communication skills, which the students have all put into practice during their placements.

“For so many of our graduating students to go into employment or progress on to sector-specific study at university is the best level of success we could hope for.”

The four students are based at BMet’s Sutton Coldfield Campus and are coming to the end of their Level 3 Diploma in Travel and Tourism.

Julie Smith, Regional Sales Manager at New Hall Hotel and Spa said: “We’re always happy to welcome BMet students to our establishment.  

“We appreciate that applying knowledge gained in the classroom within a real working environment can be a challenge for some young people.  Work placements close any gaps in their employability skills and boost their confidence going forward.  It’s also a valuable opportunity for us to mentor and nurture talent and help people achieve their ambitions.

“Josh and Megan were incredibly enthusiastic throughout their placements.  They demonstrated excellent customer service skills and were committed to maintaining our high quality standards.  It’s wonderful that they have gained a solid footing into the world of work.”