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
"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.