School pupils get a taste for tourism
Pupils from secondary schools from across Cornwall have sampled
university study at Cornwall College Camborne, as part of
a practical activities week looking at tourism.
The Year 8 pupils, from Helston, Brannel, Poltair and Humphry
Davy schools, attended the College for a week, to find out
about the extensive range of courses and careers in tourism,
and visited some of the region's top tourist attractions
to get a real insight into the industry.
"We tried to make the week as interactive as possible,"
explains Tourism Foundation Degree Course Manager Liz
Waters, who helped to coordinate the visit. "We
went to the Headland Hotel in Newquay, where pupils tried
out various jobs, and also to Newquay Zoo where the children
were able to see for themselves the variety of tasks open
to graduates from hospitality and tourism. It was a great
opportunity to introduce some of the county's young
people to the concept of university-level education in Cornwall
and they all had a great time."
"We weren't sure what to expect,"
said one pupil, "but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves
and learnt a lot, especially about jobs in tourism."
Cornwall College is a Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE)
in Tourism, offering a wide range of tourism courses from
customer care and sustainability to hospitality and tourism
university courses, approved by the University of Plymouth.
The courses are delivered as part of the Combined Universities
in Cornwall initiative, with investment from the Objective
One European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Tourism CoVE Manager at Cornwall College, Tanya Bellingham
was delighted with the feedback after the event. "Over
90% of those who took part expressed an interest in studying
at university-level in the future," she said,
"which is hugely encouraging for us. We hope to maintain
the pupils' enthusiasm with other similar activities
The week was part-funded by Aimhigher, a national initiative
to increase participation in higher education.
John Latham, Principal of Cornwall College, said: "Leisure
and tourism is vital for our continued economic growth, with
30% of employment in the region in this sector.
"According to the County Council," John
continues, "since 2001 the 'Eden Effect'
is estimated to have generated more than £450 million
for other Cornish businesses. The increasing popularity of
visits to gardens and historic sites and the success of many
major attractions give Cornwall the opportunity to extend
its season and offer more highly paid permanent jobs for well
If you would like to find out more about the range of tourism
courses at Cornwall College, call 0845 22 32 567 or email
For more information please contact Lucy Thornton on 01726
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The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities
in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through
the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European
Social Fund (ESF). Cornwall College is a partner of the CUC.
Cornwall College is the largest college in the UK with over
Cornwall College has seven campuses in Cornwall, these are
Camborne, St Austell, Saltash, Newquay, Duchy College Rosewarne,
Duchy College Stoke Climsland and Falmouth Marine School.
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