Whether you’re looking to work in airline operations, on cruise ships, as a resort representative, or move into events management, we can help you find the right career path, with training in the skills that employers need.
Portsmouth is a popular tourist destination and has one of the UK’s best connected ferry ports, which means many jobs are available locally. Alternatively, a qualification in Leisure, Travel & Tourism could lead to employment anywhere in the world.
The Portsmouth Ambassadors programme aims to engage the local community and businesses, to drive passion for the city. Ambassadors are volunteers who live, study or work in Portsmouth and want to do something to help their local community and wider city.
The Leisure, Travel & Tourism team are passionate about the Portsmouth Ambassador Programme and we are proud to offer this to each new student who starts a course with us.
Highbury City of Portsmouth Centre is located in the vibrant and well-connected city centre. A number of main bus stops are outside the building and it is only a few minutes’ walk from Portsmouth & Southsea train station.
There’s many years of knowledge within the teaching team. Our industry experience covers the airline, cruise, retail travel, tour operations and visitor attraction sectors of the industry. Plus we have worked in recruitment and we can give you the handy hints and tips to get the best jobs in the Leisure, Travel & Tourism industry.
Each course will have specific visits that relate to the units you study ranging from assessing the accessibility of Brighton as a destination, visiting Royal Caribbean for a talk on the cruise industry or evacuating an aircraft at British Airway’s Global Learning Academy.
We hold regular Student Focus Groups which provide a platform for students to share ideas, comments and suggestions. There’s also Student Satisfaction Surveys throughout the year. The Leisure, Travel & Tourism team is proud to have a very high percentage of positive feedback from students.
Each year, our students get to work alongside some of the most dedicated staff in world famous organisations. Thomas Cook, Thomson, Brittany Ferries, Marriot, Holiday Inn, Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Guildhall, Flybe and so many more welcome and train our students while they’re still at college to make sure they’re aiming high and achieving well.
Our high success rates lead to progression to other courses within the department, university or employment with national and international businesses.
Highbury College is partnered with Portsmouth International Port, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and EXPLORE Adventure Travel Experts.
These organisations work closely with us for visits, assignment workshops and industry insights. In addition we also have strong links with various airlines, cruise companies and hotels.
Our courses range from Level 1 to Foundation Degree level, plus we have great links with universities. The team will support you throughout your time at Highbury College and encourage progression and development.
In recent years our students have secured jobs including Cabin Crew for Emirates, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways, Visitor Attraction Hosts at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Overseas Resort Reps for Thomson and Thomas Cook, Passenger Services Agents and even a Duty Manager at Brittany Ferries.
Portsmouth is a popular tourist destination and has one of the UK’s best connected ferry ports, which means many jobs are available locally. Alternatively, a qualification in Leisure, Travel & Tourism could lead to employment anywhere in the world. A salary for a branch manager in a travel agency could be £25,000- £30,000 a year. Starting salaries for air cabin crew are around £13,000, senior cabin crew can earn up to £25,000 and an experienced resort representative manager can earn £16,000 a year or more.