On 12 November 2015 ten Kangan Institute travel and tourism students had a rare opportunity to take their training on board the Golden Princess cruise ship, getting behind the scenes of one of Princess Cruise lines’ most luxurious vessels.
The visit included a tour of all cabins and vessel facilities as well as talks by senior crew about work pathways.
“It is extremely beneficial for students to be able to get behind the scenes and look at all aspects of the travel industry,” said Pamela Braithwaite, tourism teacher at Kangan Institute.
“By listening to senior crew talk about the work pathways which got them to the positions they currently hold, it gives travel students a different perspective on the job opportunities that are out there and where they can see the courses they are doing taking them.”
This isn’t the first industry site visit for the students – the group also had an opportunity to inspect Royal Brunei’s Dreamliner aircraft and the back office of the Mantra Tullamarine earlier this year.
“With security the way it is now, these opportunities are few and far between so it’s fabulous that we get to offer our students these unique opportunities,” said Pamela, who liaised with various industry contacts to set up the visits.
“We are hoping for such tours to be an ongoing occurrence and planning for more ship inspections at the start and end of the year when the larger ships are in port.”