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Hands on work experience in the aviation industry for NewVIc students

The sky is the limit for travel and tourism students with Swissport International.

The UK aviation sector generates a turnover of £60.6 billion supporting 961,000 jobs, many of them highly skilled and highly product. The industry also supports more than 3,500 apprenticeships across the country.

Swissport, a Swiss aviation services company, provide airport ground and cargo handling services. They are currently working with NewVIc on a programme for over 100 travel and tourism students at Standsted Airport. NewVIc is the only college from Newham to be taking part in this programme which is aimed at encouraging, interesting and exciting students with opportunities in the growing aviation industry.

The programme includes classroom workshops, three airport visits including a tour of the airport and shadowing a variety of job roles with Swissport. The roles include check-in, baggage handling, floor hosts, ticket desks, control rooms and shift managers. This opportunity will help students to get hands on experience of what it is like working in the aviation industry. Students can apply for a two-week work placement involving an interview and the chance to get a real job at the end of it.

 “We want to share with NewVIc students the skills, experiences and career progressions that have been possible for us when we started at Swissport. We want to support students who are studying travel and tourism into the aviation industry by offering this opportunity. The industry is very competitive and with NewVIc taking part in this programme, students will get a good understanding and a much better chance of securing jobs in the industry after completing this programme.”

Amanda McNorton
Regional Recruitment Manager (South) – Swissport International


“This is a real progression route for us when we complete our course. We’re very excited to take part in this opportunity and experience the aviation industry. This is such an amazing chance for us to explore our future careers, both of us have asked lots of questions in our first session and feel so much more aware about careers and progression routes in aviation. The opportunity to get involved in real work at the end of this programme is very appealing.”

Anbasa and Rukhsana
Level 3 Travel and Tourism Year 2 students