Wightlink shows college students how a successful career in tourism can be plain sailing

IW College students visit Wightlink 2024

Travel and Tourism students Zakiya, Ewan, Abbie and Uliana with Isle of Wight College tutor Lindsay Davies (centre) at Wightlink’s Camber Café in Portsmouth.

By Andrew Diprose [email protected]

Published: March 18, 2024 | Updated: 18th March 2024

Travel and tourism students from the Isle of Wight College enjoyed an insight into Wightlink’s operations at the start of a study day in Portsmouth.

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Captain Dave Booker welcomed the 15-strong group to the bridge of the company’s St Clare vessel as they sailed from Fishbourne.

He showed them how the latest electronic charts provide accurate navigation aids in all weathers and tides.

The students also learned how Wightlink’s marketing team promotes the Isle of Wight’s attractions to encourage mainlanders to choose the Island for their holidays.

Captain Booker said: “No two days are the same at sea.

“We enjoy explaining what we do to run an efficient and reliable service that takes our customers to their destinations and gives them the best views of the Solent along the way.”

The college group are on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism which will qualify them for a university course, apprenticeship degree or employment.

The programme includes visits to airports and seaports, the chance to meet industry professionals and employers and the possibility of overseas trips.

Tutor Lindsay Davies said: “There are so many opportunities in the travel and tourism industry, so we support our students to gain the skills to succeed.

“As a holiday rep for TUI, I worked in several resorts in Europe, North Africa and the Caribbean, then went on to manage teams.

“I now use what I learned in my career here at the college to help our students to build their confidence and achieve their dreams.”

Wightlink offers careers in many roles from port operators, engineers, retail staff and administrators to Captains and Chief Officers, engineers and ratings on board its fleet of ships and FastCat catamarans.

Seasonal vacancies are advertised in early spring every year.

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