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Serious business in the Algarve

IF you think a week in the Algarve is any kind of holiday, then take note of Preston College's motto: "Change the way you think."

The students' studies took them on a flight from Manchester Airport to the Portuguese resort for seven nights.

As the college explains, the trip was serious business. It is in fact an essential element of its Overseas Resort Operations course, which attracts a high proportion of people seeking a change in careers.

Some of the 16 students are training to be holiday reps and others are hoping to become cildren's club leaders. Of course, they will need plenty of support, so, with this in mind, course tutors Gill Banks and Alison Salisbury dutifully packed their bags and flew out with them, along with Sheila Moon, leader of the Lancashire college's tourism section.

"This is the first visit of what we hope will be a firm addition to the courses and it is an exciting opportunity," said Ms Moon.

The students have been attending from as far as Warrington, Barrow and Wigan to attend the course two evenings a week.

Steve Hook

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