New College Stamford has had a strong relationship with Thomas Cook for more than a decade. The holiday giant has become a valued employer to the college over time and after their collapse last month, which resulted to a loss of 1,000 plus jobs locally, college staff pulled together to show their support with a dedicated careers event for those affected.
Thomas Cook employees have inspired many of our students over the last ten years through work experience, visits, interview preparation and opportunities for Overseas Resort Representative qualifications. Many of the college’s Travel and Tourism students have secured careers in the travel industry thanks to the opportunities provided by Thomas Cook.
Sarah Young, Assistant Principal for Curriculum said,
“The event was a way for us to give back and support Thomas Cook employees after their contribution to the success of many of our students over the years. We are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such amazing and professional people within the industry.”
Employees of Thomas Cook were invited to the college’s Digital Skills Centre to take part in a variety of activities including; CV writing, interview techniques, IT skills workshops, and LinkedIn and social media support.
With exhibitors including New College Stamford Vacancies, Apprenticeships, Peterborough Regional College, Job Centre Plus, National Careers Service, Travel Counsellors, Scout Recruitment, Red Robin Recruitment, Citizens Advice, Christians Against Poverty, Avon Cosmetics and Shutterbox.
Tim Silcock, Careers Advisor at New College Stamford said,
“The workshops were a huge success and we are confident those who attended left with some positive actions to support them getting back to work. A few attendees have also been invited back for lecturing and support staff vacancies at the college which is really positive”
If you are a former employee of Thomas Cook and are seeking support please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01780 484311 to speak to a member of the New College Stamford’s Information, Advice and Guidance Team, they will be happy to help suggest courses or training that could be beneficial for you. Alternatively check out New College Stamford’s recent vacancies at www.stamford.ac.uk/about/work-with-us