Apprenticeships in Focus, in association with Virgin Holidays

Apprenticeships in Focus, in association with Virgin Holidays

Over the course of 2017, Travel Weekly will run a series of features and events focusing on the subject of apprentices in the travel industry, run in association with headline partner Virgin Holidays.

The series, which is also being backed by Abta, the GTMC and People 1st, will include features on the impact of the new apprenticeship structure on the travel industry, and will highlight companies and individuals as they adapt their businesses and develop potential leaders of the future.

David Geer, interim managing director of Virgin Holidays, said: “We are delighted to support Travel Weekly’s series of activity focusing on apprenticeships in the travel industry.

“Virgin Holidays introduced its popular apprenticeship scheme in 2012 and, like many others in the industry, we are looking closely at how the new apprenticeship levy and structure will affect how we continue to support and nurture the rising stars of travel.”

He added: “All companies need to be aware of the potential impact of the new approach to apprenticeships on their businesses, and we look forward to working with Travel Weekly to focus on the challenges and opportunities facing the industry and ensure young people are given the opportunity to succeed in this industry.”

Keep checking back on this page throughout 2017 as we Focus on Apprenticeships


Nov 17: Special Report: Travel urged to embrace apprentices
Annual Business Breakfast looks at training and development and marked the launch of Take Off in Travel 2018


Nov 16: High-flying Ellie Barton to star in Hays ad
Campaign goes live on December 1 and is designed to recruit about 160 apprentices by next summer


Nov 15: Comment: Tell apprentices ‘You’re hired’
Are you watching the current series of The Apprentice on TV? I am, it’s been fun seeing a couple of travel companies involved


Nov 13: Tui sees the positive in nationwide fall in apprentices
Nationwide slump in number of new apprentices since the introduction of a levy on bigger companies ‘a positive sign’


Nov 13: Special Report: ‘Time to spend apprenticeships cash’
Abta held an Apprenticeships in Travel event for travel firms and training providers


Nov 2: Apprentice rising stars: Events help Stars develop
Industry events and supplier training play a key role as apprentices boost their knowledge


Oct 24: Abta to host second apprenticeships conference
Event designed to be relevant regardless of whether or not companies pay the apprenticeship levy


Aug 31: Meet our Apprentice Rising Stars
Three winners: Kimberley Steer, Haz Ashton and Joel Matthewman will feature in Travel Weekly over the course of the year


May 23: Guide produced to help firms implement new-style apprenticeships
Free 20-page guide gives updated advice and includes useful links and tips for employers


May 19: Final three Travel Apprenticeship Board appointments made
Nicky Duffy, Joanne Griffiths and Nicole Freer join five members elected in March


Gallery: Business Breakfast, Apprenticeships in focus
Travel Weekly Business Breakfast event, supported by headline sponsor Virgin Holidays and secondary sponsor Reality Training, and hosted by Deloitte


March 31: Special Report: ‘Don’t panic over apprentice funds’
Opportunities and challenges presented by a new national approach to apprenticeships were the themes of a Business Breakfast. Robin Searle reports


March 17: New apprenticeship board seeks travel rep from SME
Representatives of small and medium-sized travel companies have been urged to put themselves forward to fill the final place on a new board to oversee apprenticeships

reality100March 8: Reality Training unveils apprentice sales training course
Programme designed for travel companies taking on apprentices focuses on the sales element of the approved professional standards for Travel Consultants

gatwick100March 7: Gatwick adopts Learn Live platform as it embraces National Apprenticeship Week
Students will be introduced to careers available at airport via a monthly interactive video link

apprenticeship100March 2: Travel Apprenticeship Board unveils five employer members
The body established by skills management specialist, People 1st, and recognised by government, will ensure the industry’s apprenticeships stay ‘fit for purpose’

apprenticeship1002February 24: Special Report: How to tap into the apprenticeship levy
With the introduction of the new apprenticeship levy is now just over one month away, Robin Searle looks at the practical implications for travel companies

apprenticeship1003January 30: Special Report: Are you ready for new apprenticeships?
The government’s apprenticeship levy comes into force on April 6. In the first of a series of articles, Robin Searle explains what will change and the implications for businesses

apprenticeship1004January 12: Deadline approaches for travel apprenticeship board nominations
The creation of the body comes amid estimates the travel industry will need 53,000 skilled staff by 2024 to operate effectively


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