Travel and Tourism students learn how to be a Red Coat at Butlins

Last term our Level 3 Travel and Tourism students worked extremely hard on two very practical units – Working in a Holiday Park and Developing Entertainment Programmes.

In October, as part of a real life job brief the students spent a week in Butlins where they had the opportunity to work as a Red Coat. This was a fantastic opportunity for them and really brought to units to life. They helped out with the entertainment team and learnt dances and puppet shows.

Ruksaar Yaseen (second from left) says “It was hard work we had meetings and conferences with the entertainment and housekeeping teams. We really did appreciate being given the chance to get practical experience and if I hadn’t come to college I would never have had this opportunity”

It really helped with all the students’ grades as they all passed with merits and above and most got distinctions.

Claudia Cooney (3rd from right in the back row) said “Jenny has made it so much fun for us and she is really good teacher. Not everyone learns in the same way and Butlins made learning fun. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of the Butlins team and I didn’t realise it would be so much hard work. I usually get passes in my assignments and this time I got a distinction so I am very happy”.

The Travel and Tourism students organised a Christmas Red Coat Party Mash Up at the College just before Christmas to showcase their new skills and raise money for Save the Children at Christmas. They raised a total of £65.