Business travel body the GTMC has signed a collaboration agreement with social enterprise Women in Travel to support women working in the sector.

The partnership will encourage travel management companies who are members of the GTMC to use the services offered by Women in Travel.

These services include support for women returning to the workforce; training and development; female leadership; coaching and mentoring.

Adrian Parkes, GTMC chief executive, said: “Our members are amongst the fastest growing employers in the UK and internationally, representing over 12,500 employees.

“Talent is hard to come by and businesses are acutely aware of their need to become more creative and inclusive about the way they recruit in order to meet current and future needs.

“Women in Travel’s services tap into talent currently below the radar and provide an innovative and socially minded way to meet our members’ requirements.”

Alessandra Alonso, founder and director of Women in Travel, added: “We are grateful to the GTMC and delighted by the opportunity to work with some of the best companies in the business travel sector.

“We know that there are many women out there looking for an opportunity to regain stability and personal dignity through employment.

“The travel sector is attractive to women and fast growing and we see no better opportunity for them than being introduced to some of these best-in-class employers.”

Women in Travel’s next Women Returners programme starts in London on June 24.

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Pictured: Adrian Parkes, GTMC chief executive, with Alessandra Alonso, founder and director of Women in Travel.