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Ironman Wales gives students an insight into career sectors

Students at Coleg Sir Gâr have benefited from the recent Ironman event held in Tenby where catering, business and travel and tourism students visited the event set-up to learn more about their career sectors.

Business and travel and tourism students helped University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), in setting up their marquee and talked to staff about what’s involved in preparing for such a large-scale event.

Catering students who are studying the college’s new VRQ diploma in food beverage and service, also visited the site before the event as part of their ‘planning and organising an event’ module.

Coleg Sir Gâr business lecturer, Debbie Gill said: “The students learned more about the brand of Ironman and its impact to the local economy.

Travel and tourism lecturer Beverley James added: “An event as large as this has a huge influence on the travel and tourism industry and by visiting the site before and during the event, students were able to see this first hand and how the sector benefitted.”

Ryan Isaac, a level three-year one business student said: “Ironman Wales was a good insight into the triathlon because I didn't know much about it. The best part for me was seeing the finish line as it was in the process of being built and that was something that interested me in how they did it.”

Magda Smith, a level three business student said: “It was fascinating seeing a small town in Tenby come alive like that, I am glad to see the amount of benefits and attention it brings to Wales as a tourist destination.”

Frea Thomas, a level three business student added: “It was a very enjoyable day, it was interesting to learn about how the event operates and to see how enthusiastic everyone who is involved was.”