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Become Manchester

Show off your city and be paid for it as a Green Badge Guide

Published on June 24th 2008.

Become Manchester

If you love the city and want to make money from loving the city then try this one for size. Visit Manchester is looking for likely candidates for the Green Badge Guide course starting in September.

This is a professional qualification which entitles you to guide the central areas of the Manchester conurbation from the Airport to the Quays up to Heaton Park, down to Sport City and, of course, the city centre.

Confidential editor, Jonathan Schofield, is the Director for the new Green Badge Guide course for Manchester. He says: "I became a tour guide twelve years ago. It was the best thing I ever did. In that time I've taken 93 different nationalities around and had the best fun imaginable. You can easily fit it into a part time job schedule or use it as a platform to work full-time in tourism. Of course, you have to know how to speak to groups and entertain them, plus you need the knowledge. But all of this will be covered."

The course costs £700 (not including VAT) and will run for around six hours a week from September to February. At its conclusion, if you successfully pass the examinations, you will be a guide recognised by all the official tourist bodies of the UK plus tour operators and agencies. The fee covers tuition, course registration and the examination fee....as well as a big green badge with a Manchester bee on it, to wear with pride.

Being a guide is a big responsibility of course. Manchester's history and heritage, and its future is part of a global story. What the organisers don't want are people only capable of talking about a narrow part of this. Manchester isn't Stratford-upon-Avon, our story hasn't become mired in heritage but continues to develop. Would-be guides have to be flexible in their approach and willing to learn how Manchester is re-inventing itself.

Click here for a full prospectus.

Applications must be received by Thursday 18th July. Interviews will take place week commencing 28th July and include a short presentation.

Applicants should submit a CV and covering letter to Jo Wight, Skills and Quality Executive, Visit Manchester, Carver’s Warehouse, 77 Dale Street, Manchester, M1 2HG by 18 July 2008, or email the same details to joanne.wight@visitmanchester.com

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