Air hostesses are responsible for making flights as comfortable as possible. When things go wrong or customers need assistance they should be fast to act to assure everyone has a safe journey. Those who choose to become a member of a cabin crew as an air hostess must obtain certification. Across London there are a variety of programs at various colleges that work alongside some of the major airlines in the country to certify future air hostesses and cabin crew members.
Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College
Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College offers a 16-week program for those who have two general certifications of secondary education (GCSE) and grades from A-D from a secondary education institution. The program trains students for emergency situations, passengers' needs, teamwork, safety and health of passengers, as well as quality customer care for cabin crew certification.
Specific areas of study include actual airline resources like oxygen masks, PA systems and seat belts. Students also visit British Airways and British Midland Airway (BMI) during their studies for hands-on training. Those interested in the program must be at least 18 years old and between 5 feet, 2 inches and 6 feet and 2 inches tall.
Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College Gliddon Road Barons Court London W14 9BL United Kingdom +44-0800-980-2175 wlc.ac.uk
Oxford House College, London
The Oxford House College, London offers a program that trains air hostesses for Virgin Air. The program offers classes that include airline fares and ticketing, Galileo Global Distribution System, Sabre Global Distribution System and Amadeau Global Distribution, as well as airline cabin crew and airport passenger service age.
These courses are industry-recognised and upon completion include externally-validated certification. All professors have at least 10 years of experience in the industry. Courses are flexible and are available on a full-time or part-time basis. Most individual courses last only two weeks. Overall the program can take as little as 16 weeks depending at the pace at which you work.
Oxford House College, London 30 Oxford Street London W1D 1AU United Kingdom +44-020-7580-9785 oxfordhousecollege.co.uk
Greenwich School of Management
The Greenwich School of Management has a 15-week program that explores the general airline industry, responsibilities of cabin crew members, quality customer care, aviation security, airport arrival process and the health and safety of passengers. The program runs on Saturdays or Monday evenings with start dates several times a year.
Those who complete the program not only will receive certification but will also have the opportunity to interview with Thomas Cook Airlines and BMI Airlines, according to the school's website.
Greenwich School of Management Meridian House Royal Hill Greenwich, London SE10 8RD United Kingdom +44-020-8516-7813 greenwich-college.ac.uk