Mock plane cabin boosts student skills at Derby College
A mock aeroplane interior has been put up at Derby College's Roundhouse campus to help students on a new cabin crew skills course gain practical skills.
Part of a classroom at the campus has been kitted out with three rows of passenger seats, a check-in desk, security scanner and equipment such as refreshment and duty-free trolleys and life-jackets to enable the 24 students to practice key airline cabin crew tasks.
Lecturer Jane Lanceley, who worked for British Airways as a flight attendant for 11 years before moving into teaching, said: "The course was launched in September and is designed to introduce the students to all the key aspects of working life as a member of cabin crew and to give them a head start in applying for jobs in this extremely competitive market.
"It is important to create a realistic workplace environment for them and introduce best practice from the start from the equipment they use to the uniforms that they all wear.
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"As well as practical work within college, we have organised a number of industry visits including emergency training at the British Airways training centre at Heathrow Airport."
Among the cabin crew students is Lance Clark, 19, from Denby, who said: "This is a great course and it is really useful to be able to practice with the proper equipment."
Abigail Clarke-Roome, 16, from Derby, added: "I am planning to apply to the airlines when I am 18 and I hope this will give me the edge for the interviews.
"I have got my heart set on working in this industry as it is a fantastic opportunity to have a job that is different every day and of course to see something of the world."
And Rose Jackson, 17, from Derby, said: "I am hoping to work for BA but I know there will be lot of competition for jobs. This course has given me a lot more confidence to apply for the jobs and we really feel the part now that we have uniforms and get to practice with the proper equipment."