It’s been a busy couple of months for the Travel and Tourism department at NPTC Group of Colleges.
As part of the Welsh Baccalaureate, year one students have been working hard to build up their community participation hours. They worked with the Friends of Margam Park to decorate the castle for Halloween and also archive historical documents. The Friends were so impressed by the level of work undertaken, they have invited the students back in December to help out with Christmas events.
The same group of students are organising fund-raising activities for the local charity – Mr X. The Mr X Appeal purchases presents for children who would not otherwise receive gifts on Christmas Day. The group have names of 20 children and they are currently working on three separate projects including a ‘Christmas has Talent’ in December. They are seeking volunteers to take part in the talent competition that will run during the craft fair.
A separate group of students has organised a cinema day with film showings in the Nidum Arts Centre. This is a pyjama day and for a small donation, students can enjoy a Christmas film and a goody bag. A third group will be raising money to help sponsor a child.
In addition, the second year students are in the process of organising a high profile conference to be run in April 2018.
The conference, showcasing the achievements of Welsh Baccalaureate students, will highlight global issues and possible solutions. Further groups will display their community work, with one winner selected for the best enterprise idea. The group has already made contact with the WJEC, the Welsh Government, local MPs and some universities. Other delegates will include local employers and staff and students from NPTC Group of Colleges.
Further afield, the year two International Tourism and Event Management Degree students are currently on an educational visit to China. Other trips the students are involved in as part of their studies include a visit to Bristol to view Concorde, as well as the Festival of Lights.