Blackpool students win VisitBritain tourism masterclass

Published on 09/03/2021 by DTHACK

When it’s time to get jobs, three Blackpool and The Fylde College tourism students will be front of the queue.

Travel and tourism students Kaitlyn Walshaw, Emily Birdsall and Loren Taylor can add VisitBritain to their CV after winning a 3 day virtual work experience with the destination experts. 

The experience will stand Kaitlyn, Emily and Loren in excellent stead in the years to come as Blackpool and its Tourism sector bounces back from the pandemic. 

B&FC was chosen from 300 applications as one of just eight north west education providers to send students to study with the national experts. 

The students learned many tricks of the trade during their VisitBritain work experience, finding out what it’s like to sell to a global audience of inbound tourists. 

Kaitlyn said: “I enjoyed learning about the business of VisitBritain and doing the tasks set. The thing that surprised me most about it was all the different roles involved.” 

Emily added: “I enjoyed the different activities within the social media side of the work experience and the advice I would give to people is that if you get the chance to do it then do it as it is a really good opportunity for someone to do.” 

Beverley Pilkington is tourism and hospitality curriculum manager at B&FC. She explained: “This is an excellent opportunity to raise the aspirations of our students through engagement with employers to inspire the next generation.”  

VisitBritain HR director Debra Lang said: “We are delighted to give students an insight into the tourism industry as we share our knowledge and enthusiasm for a sector that supports millions of jobs and local economies right across the country. 

“We were so impressed with the young people we worked with virtually over the week as they engaged whole-heartedly in all the activities.

"As well as broadening their life skills we hope that this opportunity to learn about the industry may inspire and pave the way for more young people to consider a future career in tourism.”  

Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub works in partnership with Speakers for Schools across the region. Director Dr Michele Lawty-Jones was delighted B&FC had been chosen for the opportunity, adding: "We're excited to be enabling more young people to benefit from virtual employer insights and work experience boosting, their aspirations and enhancing their careers experiences during this challenging time.

"The Hub is seeking to engage more local employers to engage and help develop the approach."