10 December 2015

Staff and students at Explore, Chesterfield College’s travel agency are celebrating after being crowned as the top college travel agency at the Hays Independent Travel awards ceremony.

After only one year of operating, Explore has exceeded sales targets to become their highest earning college travel agency across the country. These efforts, along with excellent customer service standards and exemplary education opportunities for the industry have earned them the prestigious award.

Ellie Wynn, Director of Learning for Business and Commercial Enterprise said:

“We are absolutely delighted that our professional expertise, hard work and commitment has been recognised by some of the top names in the travel industry. The professional attitude of both staff and students, working in our Explore travel centre has given us the winning edge.

“Running a commercial enterprise like this in college has given us the opportunity to give our students the chance to gain practical and realistic experiences in a work environment. This enhances what they learn in the classroom and gives them a competitive edge.

"The award has already opened doors for us across the industry and we have been able to forge new links that will improve what we can offer our customers and our students.”

Chris Oakes, Head of Hays Travel Independence Group said:

“The workplace and work ethic of the team at Chesterfield College is second to none. They have smashed their own targets, however the award is not just about sales it’s about working hard,  attitude and collaboration - any new colleges coming on board now visit Chesterfield, as it is the perfect example and blueprint for our new college members.

"It is a fantastic achievement and we are proud to work with an agency that provides such a quality service at the same time as developing the next generation of industry experts.”

Staff, students and corporate clients make use of the travel agency located in the heart-space of the Infirmary Road campus returning again and again to get great travel deals. In its first year Explore has sold 785 accommodation nights and sent 683 passengers to destinations far and wide across the world.

Chesterfield College is a highly successful and vibrant College based in North Derbyshire with excellent pass rates and high student success levels.