In its quest to produce and expose their students to international standard requirements, the Institute of Travel and Tourism of Gambia (ITTOG) has established a link with the Ethiopian Airlines, in Addis Ababa for further training of their students, especially at the levels of cabin crew and air hostesses courses at the institute.
With this new development and opportunity, it will bring benefits to not only the students, but also the institute as a whole. In addition, it will enhance development of courses and exchange of programmes.
The Institute of Travel and Tourism being one of the nominee finalists for the 2014 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, scheduled for April 24th at the upcoming World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit at Hainan, China, over the past years has conducted a number of workshops and training programmes for communities, among others, on behalf of UNIDO through the NEA and GTBoard as implementing agencies.
ITTOG continues to network and looks for opportunities and partnership in both the development of courses and programmes that are beneficial to both students and the institute.
Sheikh Tijan Nyang, the head of School, stated that Ethiopian Airlines agreed to train qualified ITTOG's graduates that have the resources to support themselves. This, he said, will make them a full-fledge air hostesses and cabin crew attendants. He then disclosed that the training is ongoing since early this year.
The head of School delved into the advantages of the training to the students and other aspiring candidates who wish to make the course a career. He therefore urged and appealed to the airlines that have their operation offices in The Gambia to engage these graduates, as they are qualified and competent in their respective areas of discipline.
Commenting on the students' well-being, Isatou Jallow, Cabin Crew Lecturer, noted that some of the graduates from the institute are presently engaged in reputable institutions as some are working with the Gambia Bird and Emirate Airlines, while others are working in travel agencies in the country.
Studying cabin crew and airport operations, she said, students are prepared on airline operation, air cabin crew working environment; people skills and sales; health, safety, security and hygiene; airport baggage handling, communication in the aviation industry and airport marshalling among other subjects.
Jallow added that with their link with Ethiopian Airlines, the students are able to prove their professionalism, especially with their appearance and self-designed outfits. She noted that the institute is not meant to train people alone, but to also engage them in different activities.
As an institution, she added, the ITTOG believes strongly in providing increase-training opportunities for school leavers that will enable them to be self-employed, through different courses and affiliation with different institutions, especially from outside the country, such as Central College Nottingham; Amadeus Galileo Travel Agency; Ethiopia Airlines, etc.