Hays Travel boss John Jays officially opens EDC Travel

Hays Travel Boss Opens College’s New Travel Agency

East Durham College’s very own travel agency, EDC Travel, was opened today by Hays Independence Group founder and director, John Hays.

At an event attended by staff, students and their families, featuring a performance by The Academy at Shotton Hall’s Calypso band, Mr Hays cut the ribbon on the new EDC Travel store, based in the College’s Peterlee Campus.

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

The store will be managed by Julie Heath who has great experience in the travel industry having worked for Thomson for 20 years, with a number of those years in the role of Assistant Manager.

But importantly, EDC Travel will also be staffed by the College’s travel & tourism students, with the aim that the store will provide the students with valuable work experience, which will help them, learn the necessary skills to get ahead in the industry.

In addition, students at the College’s Peter Jones Enterprise Academy will also benefit as they will assist in the running and marketing of the shop to gain experience about how a real commercial business is set up and ran.

East Durham College Principal Suzanne Duncan said: “The College is committed to providing a learning environment that helps students develop the right level of skills and knowledge, making them more desirable to employers at the end of their course.”

College lecturer in Travel & Tourism Mandy Sert, added: “EDC Travel will provide students with the opportunity to develop the three most important skills required for successful employment in the industry – the ability to sell, the ability to provide good customer service and great product knowledge.

“EDC Travel will support the delivery of study programmes for our full-time students on travel and tourism courses, as well as providing real opportunities for other students on business-related courses, such as the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.”

Upon opening EDC Travel, John Hays remarked: “I am very proud that Hays Travel are part of such a great opportunity for students to develop key skills and gain hands on experience of working within the travel industry.

“The travel industry is a fun and rewarding environment to work in, I have been hooked since 1980, and I wish EDC Travel the best of luck!”

EDC Travel is open between 10am-6pm Monday, Wednesday & Friday and between 10am-8pm Tuesday and Thursday.

For enquiries and bookings, please call the store on 0191 518 5566 or email edctravel@eastdurham.ac.uk