Wirral Met College is proud to announce that it is working in partnership with Swissport International, the world’s leading global airport and aviation service provider, to provide unique opportunities for students to gain high quality work experience and specialist industry sector expertise.

Wirral Met has been granted Swissport Academy status and is the only college in the Northwest of England to be granted with this prestigious status. Swissport is a multinational organisation, spanning from America to Africa and Northern Europe and is the world’s leading Service Company to airlines and airports. With the new Swissport Academy, travel and tourism students from Wirral Met will be able to take advantage of excellent work experience opportunities, working alongside professionals across this exciting and dynamic industry.

Students studying on levels 2 and 3 study programmes will take part in behind-the-scenes tours at UK and overseas airports, where they will gain a practical insight into the multitude of careers within the aviation industry. In addition to discussions with guest speakers from Swissport who will visit the college on a regular basis, the students will have access to a wide range of expertise to equip them to progress into jobs in travel and tourism. One of the key highlights of the partnership is that Wirral Met students will be provided with a guaranteed job interview with Swissport once they have successfully completed their study programme (subject to eligibility and a college recommendation). 

Principal of Wirral Met College, Sue Higginson, said “Leisure and tourism is a key part of our visitor economy and this partnership will help our students to benefit from work experience, working alongside the professionals. This is another example of our excellent partnerships with employers and we look forward to seeing the results, as our students achieve their potential and move into jobs in their chosen industry.”

John Lamond, Regional Recruitment & Training Manager for Swissport Ltd commented, “It is with great excitement that Swissport announces that Wirral Met College has joined our UK Swissport Academy network.

When we initially approached Wirral Met College, we were impressed by the enthusiasm of the College Faculty and their vision for future aviation related courses. The Swissport Academy model assists colleges with their curriculum development, and provides participating colleges a forum to share best practice. It also affords them access to the global leader in Aviation Ground Handling.

For successful Swissport Academy students, Swissport Ltd offers opportunities for both part-time and full-time careers, in a diverse range of aviation related roles. Such opportunities could be anywhere throughout our network in the UK and Ireland.”

For more information on Travel and Tourism study programmes offered at Wirral Met visit or call 0151 551 7777 and speak to a Student Adviser. 


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