Travel & Tourism students partake in work experience in Malta

Students take part in work experience trip abroad as part of the Erasmus+ scheme.

A number of Travel & Tourism students recently enjoyed an all expenses paid trip to Malta for two weeks as part of the Erasmus+ scheme.

The Erasmus+ scheme is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. It is open to education, training, youth and sport organisations across all sectors of lifelong learning, including school education, further and higher education, adult education and the youth sector. It offers exciting opportunities for UK participants to then study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe. In May 2017, Grantham College was awarded €400,000 worth of funding for the trips so that students from a range of subject areas could travel and work abroad.

"The students had a fantastic opportunity this year to visit Malta to do their work experience. Their placements were in various locations on the island and they worked in hotels, bars, conference centres and restaurants in customer service facing roles. This was a fantastic opportunity for them to visit a popular tourist destination and work within the tourism industry. When they weren’t at work they also had time to visit some areas of the beautiful island. It was a very successful addition to their course and we will also be offering this next year to  the travel and tourism students,"

said Travel & Tourism Lecturer, Fiona Celik.

Student, Emanuel Da Costa worked at Cargo Bar & Dine in Birgu, Malta and said: 

“I have gained a wide range of skills and abilities whilst working in Malta, one of which is my communication skills. Due to the wide range of customers I had to serve I had to make sure that they understood me and that I had the correct order for their drinks. I also further developed my multi-tasking skills as I had to clean the tables and to keep an eye on the customers in case they required anything.”

Robin Le Tort who worked at the Europa hotel thoroughly enjoyed the experience stating: 

During my work experience, I have had the opportunity to work with a great and kind team. I have been involved in many different tasks, but mainly breakfast shifts and reception work in which I have gained new skills. Even though I have a part time job in the UK I have a learned a lot of new skills doing reception work, such as checking people in and out, checking the bookings and updating the room availability online, different types of paperwork and many other little jobs that were really fun and interesting. Overall I really enjoyed my work experience.”

Sara Resende worked in the Europa Hotel with Robin: 

“This whole experience was amazing and the hotel I was working at was a really good hotel with amazing staff. I was working breakfast and reception shifts where I gained a lot of different skills. I didn't learn as many skills during the breakfast shifts because this is my job at home, however, working as a receptionist was different and very fun where I learnt how it all works such as how to check people in and out. I now know how to solve a variety of different problems and how to handle cash.”

Patryk Ostrega worked at Cargo Bar & Dine with Emanuel. He comments on the whole experience: 

“I have learned and gained news skills in Malta which will help me in the future. Dealing with customers while being a waiter has made me more comfortable and working in a bar taught me how to deal with more than one task at the same time. The overall experience in Malta was really good; I met a lot of new people, tried the Maltese food and travelled around Malta which was amazing.”

The Erasmus+ scheme not only teaches students new skills while working in a new environment but it gives them a bit of culture, independence and a new travel experience. For many students who take part in these trips, it is their first time abroad so it's a great opportunity to try something new. Working abroad is also a great addition to anybody's CV and therefore well worthwhile doing.

To find out more about other trips abroad with Grantham College, please click here.