Barrhead Travel to recruit 50 more apprentices

By Linsey McNeill
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Barrhead Travel has announced it will create a further 50 apprenticeship positions over the next 12 months. 

Its apprenticeship programme, relaunched in August last year, offers a hybrid of college and on-the-job training.

The group says demand for the programme is growing and, as more than half of the original places were filled within six months, it has created an additional 50 positions.

By the end of 2023, all its retail locations will have at least one apprentice while sales support departments including digital marketing, HR, business development, and product will offer tailored opportunities. 

President Jacqueline Dobson said: “Many will know I started my career as a trainee, so I can attest to the benefits of encouraging young people into travel with a blended approach to education and on-the-job learning. 

“During the pandemic, there were very few opportunities for apprentices across the travel industry and we have seen the impact this had on businesses last year. Young people make up the backbone of travel – investing in robust training and learning opportunities to encourage school, college and university leavers to consider a career in travel is beneficial for the entire travel ecosystem. 

“We’ve noticed the increase in demand for careers in travel rising in tandem with the demand to travel. It’s once again taking its rightful place as one of the most attractive industries to work in thank to the perks and the people. 

“As a younger demographic also return to retail travel agents, it’s an opportune time to be encouraging apprentices who are intrinsic in nurturing clients of the future.”

More than half of Barrhead Travel’s senior management team started their careers as apprentices or trainees. Find out more about the group’s apprenticeship offering here:

*Image shows Jacqueline Dobson, second right, with former apprentices

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