North Herts College students are flying high after Virgin Atlantic tour

Travel, tourism and aviation students from North Hertfordshire College visited Virgin Atlantic's sta

Travel, tourism and aviation students from North Hertfordshire College visited Virgin Atlantic's state of the art training facility. - Credit: Archant

College students got a taste of what life is like flying high as cabin crew during a visit to Virgin Atlantic’s state-of-the-art training facility.

Travel, tourism and aviation students from North Hertfordshire College visited Virgin Atlantic's sta

Travel, tourism and aviation students from North Hertfordshire College visited Virgin Atlantic's state of the art training facility. - Credit: Archant

Travel, tourism and aviation students from North Hertfordshire College got a behind the scenes peek at what it takes to work for Richard Branson’s worldwide airline.

They got to try their hand at various aspects of the job and learnt about the firm’s history and branding.

College course leader Sharon Cosby said: “It’s so important for our students to go out and learn about different aspects of the industry. If they do wish to go into aviation, they now have these experiences behind them. They can talk about them at interviews, they can bring their learning into the classroom and they can use examples from the day in different projects and assessments.

“These trips really bring learning to life for the students.”

Travel, tourism and aviation students from North Hertfordshire College visited Virgin Atlantic's sta

Travel, tourism and aviation students from North Hertfordshire College visited Virgin Atlantic's state of the art training facility. - Credit: Archant

The training facility, based in Sussex, includes an artificial aeroplane where students learnt about the emergency evacuation procedure and got to act it out.

They also found out about the safety procedure that is carried out by all airlines at the beginning of every flight, how to assemble a water raft and how to correctly descend from an evacuation slide.

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Student Sofia Goncalves, who dreams of a career in aviation, said: “I’ve never been to anything like this before and it has made me really excited for the aviation industry.”

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