High flying Ryan returns to college to inspire students to follow in his footseps

Travel and tourism students have been inspired to follow their dreams thanks to a visit from former Warrington & Vale Royal College student Ryan Waterworth, who is now living his own dream, working as part of EasyJet’s cabin crew.

Ryan, who completed the level 3 diploma in aviation operations at the college, spoke to students about his career so far, sharing industry tips that will help current learners when it comes to applying for similar roles themselves.

The former Penketh High school student first secured work within the airline industry in 2016, when he became a passenger service agent with Menzies Aviation.

Menzies provides passenger, ramp and cargo handling services to a number of airlines worldwide – including EasyJet – giving Ryan the first step he needed towards his dream job.

The 18 year old said: “As soon as I started the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College, I knew I wanted to be cabin crew and now thanks to that, I’m working at EasyJet, travelling at 38,000 ft. and seeing the world. Working for EasyJet is fantastic – they are such an outstanding and professional company.”

Ryan added: “Without my time at Warrington & Vale Royal College, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Without my time here, I wouldn’t have known what to say or what to do in the interviews. The course has helped me so much and gave me such a great head start in the industry.

“When I first started as a passenger service agent, I already had a great insight into what to expect because the college course taught me everything I needed to know. Studying at Warrington & Vale Royal College gave me the foundations I needed to go forward and become part of cabin crew – it’s the dream!”

This is the second time Ryan has visited his former college to pass on his industry experience.

Current student Keely-Ann Valentine, who is also studying aviation operations, said: “Ryan’s talk was really inspiring and it’s made me want to go on and secure a job with EasyJet, which is something I hadn’t thought of before.”

Fellow student Maddie Williams added: “Hearing Ryan’s experiences was really good because we learned a lot about different airline companies, and what it’s like working for them, which is something you would never know until you do it yourself.”

Aviation student Kristina Pauce added: “Having Ryan tell us about his career so far has made me want to stick it out and pursue a career within the industry.”

Students at Warrington & Vale Royal College benefit from guest speakers on a regular basis, whether that be former students, industry experts or employers.

Course leader and lecturer in aviation and travel and tourism, Scott Grime, added: “It is great to have Ryan share his experiences with our students. They are now at the same stage that he was just a few years ago and the tips and advice he has given them will further enhance the skills and knowledge they are gaining during their lessons and help them to go forward and secure their dream jobs too.

“As tutors at Warrington & Vale Royal College, our primary aim to ensure every single one of our students leaves us with the tools they need to succeed in their chosen careers and industries. Ryan is a shining example of what studying at this college, coupled with hard work and dedication, can lead to.

“His visit is sure to have inspired our current students and will give them added boost as they go through the recruitment process that lies ahead.”

To find out more about the exciting opportunities available at Warrington & Vale Royal College, visit wvr.ac.uk or come to our open evening on Wednesday 27thJune at our Winsford campus.