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Harlow College hosts first Travel and Tourism National Skills Competition

Communities / Sat 29th Nov 2014 pm30 05:47pm

By Siobhan Wood

Photo courtesy of Harlow College.

HARLOW College hosted its first Travel and Tourism National Skills Competition in collaboration with City College Norwich and with independent judges from Stansted Airport.

A team of students from each College were marked on their practical first aid skills and how they worked together as well as on the diagnosis they wrote at the end of each scenario.

The different scenarios included treating cardiac arrest, asthma attack and stroke, with passengers and casualties played by Performing Arts students.

Harlow College student Chloe Allen, 17, of Harlow, said: “We’re doing Travel and Tourism so they set it out like it was an aeroplane. If any of us did work as cabin crew then we would need to know what to do if any of these scenarios happened and that we know the skills that you need to save lives.”

Additional support from Harlow College students was provided for the lighting, which showed transition between scenarios, and the catering of the discussion, feedback and prize giving sessions.

Salvatore Circelli, Performance Coach and Trainer, who led the event said: “It’s been great working with Harlow College as it’s a way of getting competition work embedded across the curriculum in teaching and learning to raise levels of attainment and achievement.”

All participants were awarded Amazon certificates and Lonely Planet prizes were given to the winner, Norwich student Imogen Parry, 16, and runner up, Dayna Worsfold, 18, of Harlow.

This was the first competition of its kind for both colleges and the students all agreed they had gained a lot from the experience.

Harlow College student Jake Hawkes, 17, of Church Langley, said: “Doing the competition overall has boosted my confidence and I would like to do more. We can pass the skills that we have learnt onto our families and relatives so if they come into a real scenario they will know a little knowledge of what to do at the time.”

City College Norwich Travel and Tourism student, Lily Townsend, 16, said: “I felt really apprehensive but as soon as I did the first scenario that just went away and I completely forgot about the audience and I did it to my best ability.”

Staff and students at the college spoke of how skills competitions can help when it comes to getting a job.

Dayna Worsfold said: “It can increase your chances of getting employed. If you have the same qualifications as someone else but you had this first aid opportunity then we are more likely to get the job.”

The Principal of Harlow College, Karen Spencer, said of the competition: “We see this as critical to giving our students skills that equip them effectively for the future and make sure that they’re employed, that they’re good presenters, that they can interact with others and that they can really showcase their skills.”

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