It’s all about the students

Jul 28, 2016    

It’s all about the students at Worldwide Travel & Tours, Chullora Marketplace

Worldwide Travel & Tours, Chullora has been offering one student every week the opportunity to undertake work placement for the past TEN years!

Why?  Senior Consultant, Nora Baghdadi, put it simply.  “It’s all about the students. We enjoy giving them a head start in life and teaching them how to interact with our customers. The best way to learn this is to watch how our staff deals with the public. It’s satisfying to see the students grow in confidence in the time they are with us.”

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L to R:  Nora Baghdadi, Adam Adbulrazak and Katy Papadelli

Nora added, “I did my work placement here at Worldwide Travel and was offered a job at the end of it. That was eight years ago.”

Year 11 and 12 students, who are studying either Business Services or Tourism as part of their Higher School Certificate get to put what they have learnt in the classroom to good use in the Travel Agency.

Adam Abdulrazak, a Year 11 student from Strathfield South High School thoroughly enjoyed his experience at Worldwide Travel.  He spent the week answering phones, interacting with customers, faxing, photocopying, stamping and displaying brochures.

Adam said “I thought the Business Services course would prepare me for the workforce and connect me to industry and this proved correct when, after my first work placement at Bankstown TAFE Library, I was offered a job. Even though this gave me a lot of confidence I am not sure if this is what I want to do.  I am currently looking into possible Plumbing and Electrical apprenticeships.”

This is a State Government Initiative and MWLP – Linking Youth coordinates the work placement for this region. This year they will place 6,800 students into businesses.

MWLPs Business Consultant, Michael Everett, says “Work placement is a win/win for both the student and business.  At the moment we need more businesses to join our program and host students.  They won’t achieve their Higher School Certificate without completing a successful placement.”

For more information contact Michael on 0428 935 688 or email

Media Relations contact:  Sue Scobie on 0438 046 293 or email