Minaaz studied the CTH Diploma in Travel Agency Management and Advanced Diploma in Tourism Management and then went on to gain a first class honours degree in International Hospitality and Tourism Management at Bournemouth University. She commented: "I decided to study with CTH because, besides being recognised worldwide by employers, the modules offered specialised in the specific areas which would be beneficial for my future career as a tour operator."
"When I first arrived in the UK in 1987, I was just 29 years of age. The first week upon my arrival, I was taken round London by my elder sister to many of the colleges and universities there. She asked me a very typical question; 'What would you like to study?' As I had once had a little work experience as a litigation clerk in a law firm, I responded by saying vaguely 'Well... law I suppose'. Like most young people, I did not know what I wanted to do as a career but I knew I was really interested in tourism and hospitality, (this was partly because, when I was young, I ran away from home many times, curious about life and places outside my little village!). So off we went around London scouting for a college that offered a good Hospitality course. I settled on the CTH Diploma which gave me the foundation for higher level studies at degree level and, I am happy to say, I had almost all distinctions for the modules, except computing! My choice of career path that day in London is something I have never regretted. I am glad CTH is involved in hospitality and tourism education in my country. CTH qualifications are ideal for students looking for management training for these industries and I am looking forward to CTH's growth in Malaysia."
Principal / CEO
Genting International College
"I chose CTH because it is recognised internationally, making it easier for me to find jobs within the sector in any country. I ended up doing the CTH Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Hotel Management with Distinctions and Credits for the modules. This course helped me gain admission into Bournemouth University's final year to do a top-up degree in International Hospitality and Tourism Management and then I got a scholarship to do a Masters of Science in International Hospitality, Operations and Events Management. I currently work for the Strand Palace Hotel in London as Reservations Supervisor and Trainer for the hotel. In the long term I want to set up a training school for students who want a career in the hospitality industry in Ghana where tourism and hospitality is just developing."
"I am Francesco, Italian and I have a natural passion for the hotel industry. Although I already had seven years experience in the hotel industry across three different countries, (Italy, Germany and United Kingdom) I felt I needed to complete my profile academically in order to develop a career at a management level. I conducted a deep research and I discovered that CTH was the most valuable organisation since it delivers well structured professional courses and it is internationally recognised among the leading hotel companies. I enrolled on the Diploma in Hotel Management programme and after completing my first semester I got a position at the five star deluxe Hotel "Langham". This gave me the possibility to under-go a cross-training programme across all the food and beverage outlets since I am food and beverage orientated. After the completion of the diploma level I was promoted to supervisory level and I have since joined a tailored management programme to become a manager within the next couple of years. I believe studying at CTH has been my most valuable experience and it has been a clear sign to my company that I am focused on a career within the hotel industry. CTH has aided my career progression."
"I have been interested in travel for a while and I wanted to learn more about it. I have travelled to many countries all over the world and I love travelling. These courses seemed the best way to get into the industry.
The Virgin Atlantic / GTMC courses have a particular reputation that I wanted to be part of. The teacher is great because she goes into detail and explanations are clear and understandable. The staff are friendly and helpful and cover all your needs and the classes are small which makes it more personal. I'm going onto the VA 2 course next and then the Star Alliance / GTMC Galileo Professional course. I plan to work in Sidney International Airport as a ground hostess"
"I decided to study airfares and ticketing because I wanted to have some training and knowledge so that I could apply with confidence for jobs within the travel sector. I decided to study the Virgin Atlantic / GTMC course because it seemed informative and would look good on my CV. I chose this college because it was in a central location, it had a good reputation and it was a pleasant environment to learn in.
I feel confident that the course will benefit me and enable me to successfully search for jobs in the industry. Once I finish the course I will start applying for positions within the sector and hopefully within three years I may have my own company!"
VA 1 and VA 2
"I wanted to study an airfares and ticketing course to take on new challenges and skills, and to apply my service experience which I developed in my previous employment. I believe the Virgin Atlantic / GTMC course has a great reputation and corporate image. I¹m really enjoying the training. I plan to start looking for a job in a big travel company soon."
VA 1 and VA 2
"I am studying the CTH Diploma in Hotel Management and I have completed my 1st semester. I think CTH is one of the finest courses I have seen. There are many awarding bodies however CTH is the best by far. I am so happy I chose CTH, I decided.I suggest the other students join this awarding body CTH"
Culinary Arts Diploma Graduate Focus
Charmian Dadley: Charmian graduated from Tante Marie Culinary Academy before going to Manchester Metropolitan University to study for a degree in Hotel and Catering Management. Since then Charmian has worked in many different sectors of the restaurant industry including Mosimann's Party Service, Langan's Brasserie, and contract catering for pretigious contracts in the City and West End. Today Charmian has her own catering company serving private and corporate clients with an enviable client list.
Harry Eastwood: After graduating, Harriet went on to launch a career in food writing. She became the co-host of Channel 4's 'Cook Yourself Thin' in 2007 and has just released her new book, Red Velvet and Chocolate Heartache: The ultimate book of natural cakes that taste naughty.
Becky Harryman: After graduation, Becky took up a role as Head Chef at the cafe in the trendy Chelsea Design Centre - part of the Chelsea Harbour development. Becky excelled in this role, but has since moved on and is now the Head Chef at the internationally acclaimed Ottolenghi in Notting Hill.
Giani Gray: Giani graduated in November 2008 and after running the Deli kitchen at York and Albany - another of Angela Hartnett's new establishments, has recently bought his own restaurant in Cheltenham, which opens soon!
Alex Brady: After graduating, Alex took up an exciting position at Le Gavroche, working under the masterful eye of Michel Roux Jnr. This subsequently led to a role working under one of Britains most influencial chefs, Albert Roux, at his Private Member's club in London. Alex is now a teacher at Tante Marie Culinary Academy!
Glen Sharman: Glen graduated from Tante Marie Culinary Academy and took up a position as a pastry chef at Pennyhill Park Spa and Hotel. In April 2011, Glen was awarded the Academy of Culinary Arts Awards of Excellence 2011. Former winners of this award include the likes of Anthony Demetre, Mark Sargeant, Tristan Welch and many more of the industries leading chefs, and Glen is still just 19 years old! Incredible!
Jennifer Smith: Since leaving Tante Marie Culinary Academy Jennifer has set up a guest house in Morocco called Dar Roumana where she is also running cookery classes. Dar Roumana has been recommended by the Lonely Planet guides as one of Morocco's leading hotels.