A world-leading airport passenger and cargo service has announced an exclusive partnership with the University of Sunderland.

Swissport International Ltd, a global leader in airport passenger ground services, ground and air cargo service, are set to play a key role in supporting students seeking careers in the aviation sector.

The Tourism, Hospitality and Events department has become a member of the Swissport Academy which will provide exclusive graduate recruitment opportunities for the University’s students.

The collaboration will also explore continuous learning opportunities; airport visits, experiential learning, and guest speakers from Swissport to develop in-demand skills in the industry.

It comes as the University prepares to recruit Tourism and Aviation Management students from September 2019 onwards.

The guarantee of an interview for a graduate scheme of an international business will help provide a clear route to employment for students taking this programme.

Professor Lawrence Bellamy, Academic Dean, Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism at the University of Sunderland, said: “The partnership between the University and Swissport represents the very best of opportunities for our students to gain experience and develop their career with a truly global company.

“Students will come into contact with the cutting edge of industry operations and gain highly valuable managerial insight from Swissport, a world-leading organisation. The organisation will also benefit from a supply of talent who have been developed specifically to serve the needs of this fast-moving industry. It’s a really innovative approach.”

Nicola Beveridge, Swissport International Ltd, Recruitment Services Manager, said: “We are delighted with the partnership with the   University and to offer students the opportunity to join our business in a variety of different roles.  It gives them a stepping stone that often many students lack at the end of a hard few years studying.

“We hope this is a long partnership that teaches students that real opportunities lie at the end of their hard work.”

Dr James Scott, University of Sunderland, Head of Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Events, said: “We are delighted to be working with Swissport, their input to our curriculum design has been essential in providing a course that embeds real world scenarios into the programme.

“Being part of the Swissport Academy provides students with an opportunity to graduate and work in an area directly related to their study.”

Serkan Uzunogullari, Senior Lecturer in Hospitality and Tourism at the University of Sunderland, said: “We are extremely proud of our partnership with Swissport, which will allow us to embed higher-level and aviation-specific skills and knowledge to our Tourism and Aviation Management programme.

“The partnership will also ensure that the Tourism and Aviation programme content meets the aviation employers’ needs and opens students’ eyes to exciting career opportunities within the industry.”

About Swissport International Ltd

Swissport International Ltd., on behalf of more than 850 client-companies, provides best-in-class airport ground services for some 265 million passengers annually, and handles approximately 4.7 million tonnes of air cargo at 133 warehouses world-wide. With a workforce of 68,000, the world’s leading provider of ground and air cargo services is active at 315 airports in 50 countries across all five continents. Swissport has a long established commitment to be a people-focused organisation which believes without its people it simply cannot meet its goals and achieve its vision. As an organisation, Swissport has a strong emphasis on the principles of sustainability and compliance, living by the “Three Ps”: People, Professionalism and Partnership.

About UoS, Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Events

The Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Events is ranked 2nd in the UK according to The Guardian University league tables 2019, offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in tourism, aviation, hospitality and events management. Its programmes are delivered across three campuses and many partner institutes.  With its global presence, UoS – Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Events is teaching a diverse student population and fostering experiential learning to provide competitively advantageous graduate opportunities for all students.

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