The Media Suite comprises of industry leading equipment and technology. The TV and recording studios are cutting edge and the amount of Macs and professional software available to our students is second to none.
We offer work experience opportunities in 5 star hotels and with top tour operators, and we have strong links with companies such as British Airways and the Marriott hotel chain. We also offer units on specialist tourism and working as a holiday rep. All of this, and more, enables our students to learn and demonstrate the skills required to work in this dynamic industry.
Julian ‘Jules’ Shapter became interested in lighting and sound during a work experience placement at The Kings Head Theatre and spent eight years working backstage at the Watermans Theatre. Now a first-class Creative Technician, Jules regularly works on major events across the UK.
The beauty salons are fitted with the latest equipment including spray tanning and crystal micro-dermabrasion. This ensures our students are fully trained when they leave West Thames College and have the confidence to begin their careers in the industry.
We see our job as being about preparing our students for after they leave college, which means getting them job ready. Our work experience programme is so successful it works both ways – for students and employers. We find out specifically what employers are looking for – what qualities they want, what tasks they need people to perform. That way we know our students won’t ever just be making tea, they’ll be doing something tangible.
Phil began his career when he trained as a commis chef in the airline industry. He then worked for a large casino on Park Lane and also spent time working at the Dorchester Hotel. He progressed to head chef at several London restaurants before becoming the executive chef for three RAF bases.
Bill ran his own vehicle repair shop and MOT station for 22 years, having originally started as an apprentice at Rover. During his time as a mobile mechanic, he was contracted by the AA to attend their call-outs and was also brought into failing garages to bring them up to standard.