//Ask the expert: getting youngsters into travel

Ask the expert: getting youngsters into travel

I’m very keen on giving more opportunities to young people without experience of travel to get into the industry, is there any help or advice you could give me? Anon

It’s great that you’re looking to give someone a start in the travel industry. Apprenticeships are one of the best ways to do this and there is a lot of help out there so that you can do this successfully. At ABTA we work closely with several universities and colleges to help build links with our Members. We also actively promote apprenticeships as a route into the industry, as a method of addressing skills shortages.

Apprenticeships make good business sense in terms of productivity, investing in future talent and staff retention. They give companies the chance to train and develop staff, while also ensuring they are getting
on-the-job experience. Research from the National Apprenticeship Service indicates that 80 per cent of companies that invest in apprentices
report an increase in staff retention.

ABTA’s Education Partners offer apprenticeships, including up to degree level. Working with a Partner University, offering a degree apprenticeship is a great way for existing staff to gain new skills too or offer a structured degree career pathway to existing and new staff. Several of ABTA’s university Education Partners offer these opportunities. Both levy and non-levy payers can apply for funding for all apprenticeships on offer and the government website will provide information on how you can access funding.

ABTA worked closely on developing the Travel Consultant Apprenticeship and apprentices have started graduating from the programme and entering their careers as fully trained travel consultants. The new Travel Consultant Apprenticeship covers both leisure and business travel. The apprenticeship lasts from 12-24 months depending on previous qualifications and is contracted with an employer who will give the required on-the-job training.

Along with our college Partners, Damar Training and TrainingStation can help you to develop your apprenticeship and, in some cases, assist you in finding the apprentice. All their details can be found on abta.com in the Education Hub. The government also has useful information at apprenticeships.gov.uk.

A new technical qualification will be launched in September
2020 called T Levels that will attract UCAS points enabling entry
to university. T Levels require students to spend at least 45 hours of their qualification on placement in industry. This time can be split between two organisations if a business cannot commit to the full 45. At this point the date for the Travel T Level has not been finalised. However, we know our Members have skills requirements in many areas of their businesses, so there may be other T Levels where you can offer placements. The more the travel industry engages with young people, the more attractive the travel industry will become as a career of choice. For more information on T Levels and how you can get involved, go to tlevels.gov.uk. Vicki Wolf ABTA education manager