Westminster Kingsway College recently welcomed a group of 10 students selected from multiple universities throughout Brazil to take part in an 11 week international training programme focused on Tourism and Hospitality.
The Brazilian Ministry of Tourism has contracted with the Association of Colleges to provide a programme designed to improve the students’ vocational skills by studying in a UK college context, with the added benefit of studying in the medium of English.
The students graduated at the end of March, celebrating the completion of their course at a certificate presentation held at the College’s Victoria Centre in London.
The students took part in many prestigious industry visits including to the Ritz hotel and a guided tour around the Olympic Park. They also worked alongside WKC students to participate in service at the Queen’s Anniversary Prize dinner at City of London Guildhall and attended the Hotelympia show; the UK's largest foodservice and hospitality event.
WKC also organised a visit to the Brazilian embassy for a tour and to hear from Tourism and Economic Diplomats about the promotion of the Brazilian tourism industry in the UK.
These enrichment activities provided a unique experience for students to network with industry representatives, learn about current trends and hot topics in the sector and witness first-hand the coordination and management of events.
Mr Owen Evans, Lecturer in HE Hospitality at Westminster Kingsway College, commented: “From the beginning of the programme to now, I can see a dramatic improvement in the students’ confidence and skill levels in Hospitality and English. They have been a pleasure to teach.”
Overall student feedback was very positive with many students expressing a wish to live and work in London in the near future.
This is the first time Westminster Kingsway College has worked with the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism and WKC would be delighted to host similar programmes alongside the Association of Colleges in the future.