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Nick Bartholet
Secondary school:
Moorend High School
  • Where do you live now?
  • Netherton
  • Which Kirklees College site did you go to?
  • Huddersfield Centre
  • What course?
  • BTEC National Diploma in Travel and Tourism, compled in 1989.
  • Where do you work now?
  • Villa Parade, Huddersfield (travel agency specialising in villas)
  • What's your job title?
  • Operations director
  • What do you do?
  • I oversee tour operations of the company in the UK and the Mediterranean and manage a team of 15 staff. I organise marketing and advertising, website development and brochures. I liaise with travel agents to promote our service, identify and buy villas and work with other holiday services such as car rentals to package deals for customers.
  • What was Kirklees College like?
  • Most staff at the company have done a similar qualification. It developed my interest in what I enjoyed and made it into something I could work in and understand the industry. We originally set up a cheap flights company, which has evolved into specialising in renting villas in Majorca, Portugal, Greece and Cyprus. We have around 400 villas in the Mediterranean and are the third biggest villa company in England. I think college gave me the focus to make a career out of what I enjoyed.
  • Has the course helped you get where you are now?
  • The course has definitely helped me to get where I am now. The tutors noticed your qualities and improved the ones you were lacking and developed your strengths.
  • Why did you choose Kirklees College?
  • It was a last minute decision. I was going to go to university but then I saw an advert for the travel course, and I thought that would be more interesting and exciting.
  • If you could give advice to students in their final two years of school, what would you say?
  • If you are going to college or train 'on the job', pick something you enjoy and something that makes you happy. If you want to work in the travel and tourism industry, learn a language - Spanish is one of the most useful languages you could learn. Persevere with your work and studies and it will pay off. We tend to employ staff who have been to college and done a course in travel and tourism, because we know what to expect from them.
Nick Bartholet