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Students are ready for take-off

Students are ready for take-off  
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A group of travel and tourism students are ready for take-off after gaining hands on training at British Airways’ Cranebank Crew Training Centre, near London Heathrow.

The Northumberland College students were able to undertake a snapshot version of the Safety Equipment and Procedure (SEP) training that newly recruited cabin crew have to pass before gaining their wings. 

Training included the last flight as a passenger experience, where students took their seats in an aeroplane simulator which, unbeknown to them, would start to smoke. The aim of the exercise was to see if the students knew what to do in the event of an emergency and to encourage them to think as a member of cabin crew rather than as a passenger.

The students, who are studying the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Cabin Crew at the college's Ashington and Berwick campuses, were also able to practice opening the cabin door, evacuate using the inflatable slide and use the slideraft.

Danielle Miller, a Lecturer in Travel and Tourism at the college and former cabin crew for Qatar Airways, organised the trip. She said: "This is an exciting opportunity for our Cabin Crew students to gain a realistic snapshot into the life of a BA crew trainee.

"Our students have practised cabin crew skills on the aircraft at the college's Ashington campus but the thorough training at Cranebank was priceless. There are some aspects of cabin crew training, such as using the smoke hood that can only be accessed at this type of training venue."

The college's lecturers made sure the Travel and Tourism students were given a well-rounded experience during the visit south by travelling to Heathrow's Terminal 5 from Newcastle on a BA flight and returning the following day by train. Whilst in London they saw a West End show, visited Madame Tussauds and the London Eye and took the London Underground.