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Cruise education project looks back on successful second year

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A programme which aims to create greater social mobility, diversity and inclusivity in the travel and cruise industries has successfully concluded its second year

The Compass Project, devised by Matthew and Edwina Lonsdale of Mundy Cruising in partnership with CLIA, enables sixth-form students from socially diverse backgrounds to learn more about the travel and cruise sectors.

Students from Year 12 – twelve each from St John Bosco College in Battersea and Itchen Sixth Form College in Southampton – were involved in the two-month initiative, all of whom are studying for A-Levels or equivalent.

The programme included seven off-site days, which were supported by cruise brands and partner organisations, with the aim of improving students’ industry knowledge and career prospects, as well as enhancing their confidence and presentation skills.

Students visited P&O Cruises’ Britannia, MSC Cruises’ MSC Virtuosa and Silversea’s Silver Spirit in Southampton and the Itchen College students also attended the CLIA conference in May.

Students rounded off the programme by making a presentation on ‘why I would recommend a friend to apply for a job in cruise’ to an invited audience, including cruise industry representatives.

Matthew Lonsdale said: “When we started the Compass Project last year, we were simply trying to open young peoples’ minds to the prospect of working with cruise lines.

“But what we and our partner cruise lines have managed to show students is that such a career can encompass a vast range of roles, disciplines and opportunities.”

‘A talented group looking to contribute to cruise industry’s success’

Paul Dunne, head teacher at St John Bosco College, added: “This is definitely a project that we will continue to support and invest in as part of our commitment to preparing our young people for life beyond the classroom.”

Andy Harmer, CLIA UK and Ireland managing director, said as cruise continues to go from strength-to-strength, “it’s heartening to see such a talented group looking to start their careers and contribute to the industry’s success”.

“They are a talented pool of applicants who are now ready to take their first employment steps, including via holiday jobs, apprenticeships or potentially a full-time position.”

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