The new change will mean that students who study on a Travel and
Tourism course at Northumberland College will be able to take
advantage of the many commercial benefits of its Kirkley Hall
Campus, including work experience within Kirkley Hall Zoological
Gardens, Weddings, Conferences and its Outdoor Activity
Jen Bell, Academy Director of Land and Leisure and Head of
Campus of Kirkley Hall said: "We look forward to welcoming Travel
and Tourism to the Kirkley Campus."
"A key module for those studying these courses is Visitor
Attractions, so working with us to help grow our offer here at
Kirkley Hall, whilst gaining crucial work experience will benefit
The tourism and visitor economy is a critical part of the
economy and accounts for almost one in five jobs in the UK.
In Northumberland, it is the fastest growing industry and
overall in the UK tourism sector, it is predicted by 2020, the
sector will need to recruit a further 843,000 staff.
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens opened in 2011 and over the past
three years has continued to expand its offer and is now home to
over 200 species, which include Ring Tailed Lemurs, Coatis,
Wallavies, Meerkats, Snakes and Capybaras, attracting approximately
70,000 visitors per year.
Jen added: "Students who wish to work within the event
management industry will be able to benefit from having a leading
wedding and conference venue on site."
Those who study Travel and Tourism with Northumberland College
will continue to visit many other leading tourist attractions,
develop hands-on skills through work experience, benefit from
training in the college's cabin room, which replicates the inside
of a passenger aircraft, providing a realistic learning environment
for cabin crew trainees.
Lecturer in Travel and Tourism, Danielle Miller worked for Qatar
Airways based in Doha, before teaching at Northumberland College.
She travelled to South America, Asia, Australia and Africa for long
and short trips, following strict uniform, safety and living
Danielle said: "Taking part in a cabin crew course prepares our
learners for the real working environment. We follow a point system
like most airlines follow during the cabin crew training
"Having industry experience means lecturers can help prepare our
students for the working environment and share our experiences both
good and bad with them."
Latest developments see a new focus on rural tourism with new
modules being added to maximize upon opportunities in the
Those wishing to study Travel and Tourism with Northumberland
College should visit www.northumberland.ac.uk for