Tourism students get their careers off to a flying start with award-winning global travel company

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Five former travel and tourism students from Langley College have successfully completed their first year of training with award-winning global event and corporate travel management company, The Appointment Group (TAG). The five students graduated in a prestigious ceremony in Slough recently to celebrate their achievements before they head off to take up roles in one of company’s global office locations.

Cally Ward, Frankie Sousa, Paulina Siankiwiecz, Rio Patel and Finty Murdoch, who all completed a level three travel and tourism course at Langley College last June, were presented with their award by John Gianquito, Joint CEO of TAG at a special ceremony at the Travelport office in Slough.

For the past year, the fabulous five have been training with TAG after passing an intensive recruitment process, which started with a visit to the College. They have been learning all aspects of the industry from business etiquette and customer service to building relationships with suppliers and understanding the needs of VIP travellers, enabling them to deliver the high standards of service for which TAG is renowned. They have also successfully completed extensive training on computerised reservation systems such as Galileo with Travelport in Slough.

Cally Ward (19, from Iver), explains: “I applied for the role at TAG after the company visited the college last year and I am really glad I did. Since starting my training, I have had the chance to work in their offices in New York and Los Angeles and been trained on the Galileo booking system.

“I’m really thankful for the great start the College has given me and for introducing me to TAG. It is a great company and they really make you feel like a valued part of the team. I’m looking forward to progressing with the company and hopefully working at one of their global offices.”

Fellow graduate, Paulina Siankiwiecz (19, from Maidenhead), agrees: “Graduating has been an amazing achievement. It has been a fantastic challenge and worth all the hard work. If it wasn’t for Langley College, I wouldn’t have this opportunity to work for such a great company. The Appointment Group and the College have been so supportive and taught me so much. I’m really excited about continuing my career with TAG.”

TAG manages the day-to-day travel requirements of clients from across the global business community. Teams of travel professionals provide a dedicated 24/7 service to clients from the corporate, finance, law, music, media and entertainment sectors via TAG’s network of global offices.

John Gianquitto, Joint TAG CEO added: “I am extremely pleased with the positive outcome of such an ambitious project. To have succeeded in training young individuals to fully capable Travel Executives in 12 months is a fantastic result and encouraging for the future. With TAG continuously expanding, our requirement for talented individuals will keep on growing. Having talent harnessed and developed in house, talent that fully understands the TAG ethos and service levels is of enormous value to us.”

Karen Cripps, tourism lecturer at Langley College, explained: “It was fantastic to see our students doing so well in the workplace. The travel industry is one of the biggest industries in the world and as a college we work closely with employers to provide our students with the latest knowledge and skills to access the exciting range of opportunities out there.”

Langley College’s Travel and Tourism Department offers a range of courses from level one right through to a Foundation Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management. The courses are designed to prepare students for an array of careers in the tourist industry, from airline cabin crew and tour operators to hotel management and corporate travel.

For further information on Langley College and its travel and tourism courses including the new Foundation Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management, please click here or call 01753 793000.

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