East Durham College Travel and tourism student, Leah Williams, EDC Travel store manager, Julie Heath, and Travel and Tourism student Nikkita King

College Travel Agency Celebrates First Birthday

A travel agency ran with the help of Easy Durham College students is celebrating its first birthday as it continues to go from strength-to-strength.

EDC Travel, based in East Durham College’s Peterlee Campus, was officially opened a year ago today by Hays Independence Group founder, John Hays.

The team at the store celebrated a successful first year with a party, with students from catering courses based in the college’s Scene 1 Restaurant baking a special cake for the event.

EDC Travel is a fully ABTA Bonded Travel Agency set up by East Durham College in partnership with the Hays Independence Group open to the public.

The store is staffed by students from the college’s travel and tourism courses, with an aim to provide the students with valuable work experience, working alongside experienced store manager Julie Heath.

Julie has hailed the first year as a tremendous success, praising the work of the students and she’s looking forward to continued sales growth to help in the coming years.

Julie said: “This year has absolutely flown by, but what a year it has been.

“We have had a brilliant year here at EDC Travel and it’s been a really good experience to be part of the launch of this store.

“The student’s I have had work alongside me have all been fantastic to work with and they have been great with our customers.

“After working in the industry for 20 years, it’s great for me to be able to come here and pass on my knowledge to these students, I’m sure they will have a successful future in the sector.”

Travel and tourism lecturer at East Durham College, Mandy Sert added: “This facility has been a brilliant learning environment for the students to gain real experience of working in the travel and tourism industry.

“The opportunity to work alongside Julie on a day to day basis, has helped the students to develop their skills and knowledge to hopefully make them more desirable to potential employers at the end of their courses.”

To contact EDC Travel for details on holidays and breaks please call the store direct on 0191 518 5566.

And for details on courses in travel & tourism at East Durham College contact our student services team n 0191 518 8222.