Travel Student Zanda Johansone
Twenty-one-year-old Zanda Johansone didn’t speak any English when she moved to the UK from Latvia in 2009 – but, after doing an ESOL course at the college, is now fluent in the language and in the final year of a Level 3 Diploma in Travel and Tourism.
Zanda, who is studying for her qualification at the Wellington Road campus, said: “I came to the college to find out about courses to help me with my English and was advised to do an ESOL course.
“It was really good and not only did it improve my language skills, but also taught me important life skills too. It felt great when I started to understand things and was able to communicate with people around the college.”
After completing the ESOL course Zanda enrolled for the full-time Level 2 Diploma in Travel and Tourism before moving on to the two-year the full-time Level 3 course
She added: “The course isn’t just about becoming a travel agent or air hostess. You learn about the wider travel industry and it also teaches you about business, marketing, customer service and work skills which are useful in any job you may apply for in the future.
“The tutors are really supportive and explain things clearly, as well as helping me with my grammar and spelling so that my English skills improve even further. I’m really enjoying the course and would really recommend coming to college to anyone. “
After finishing the course Zanda hopes to get a job in the travel industry, either as a member of cabin crew or in customer services at an airport.