A group of students from Coleg Menai have recently returned from a successful work experience trip to France, funded by the European Erasmus+ project which allowed the students to gain a valuable insight into the Tourism Industry.

The students, who are currently following the Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism, spent 2 weeks in a village called Paulliac, an hour from Bordeaux.

All the students undertook work placements in the region – Alicia Goddard of Tyn-y-Gongl and Erin Jones of Brynsiencyn both worked at Wine Chateaux, whilst Lowri Hughes of Porthmadog, Cadi Llywelyn from Blaenau Ffestiniog and Catrin Baker of Talwrn worked at Tourist Information Centres – and all had to demonstrate excellent customer service and communication skills.

Course tutor Sharon Jones said, “This was an amazing work placement opportunity for the students – they all had wonderful experiences and they learned a lot, particularly about themselves and their capabilities!

“This experience has not only boosted their confidence and motivation, but has also increased their employability within the industry, both at home and abroad. They have also come back to Wales with glowing references from their placements, and the college and department staff are very proud of the way they conducted themselves, and the way they immersed themselves in the culture.”

For more information on courses in Travel & Tourism, please visit the courses section of our website at www.gllm.ac.uk/courses/travel-and-tourism or contact our course advice line on 01248 383333.

Coleg Menai Travel and Tourism Student Alicia Goddard during her work experience in France