It's nice to see in this article so many travel companies considering apprenticeships schemes to give young people who decided against university a chance. In my eyes apprenticeships are definitely worth while for both candidate and client.
Leaving school without a clear idea of what I wanted to work as I decided against going to university unlike a lot of my friends. Needless to say the debts may have put me off as well. All I knew is I wanted to work up London, I always had. Although it wasn't as easy as I anticipated after application after application I was told I needed experience. It wasn't until I was offered an apprenticeship scheme which meant I'd be gaining a qualification as well as experience, that I got my 'big break'. After one year I'd learnt so much, experienced working life and was even approached for the role I'm at now!
With next week designated as official National Apprenticeship Week in England, it is unsurprising that the subject has come up a number of times in conversation recently. And John is certainly not alone in our industry in his appreciation of his apprentices; companies ranging from Tui Group and Thomas Cook to Barrhead Travel, Hoseasons and dnata UK have all raved to me about the benefits that apprentices bring to their businesses. With so many travel companies already investing in apprenticeships, and even more likely to be affected by the levy from next spring, we felt the advent of National Apprenticeship Week was the perfect time to kick off a series of features, reports and events on the subject in association with People 1st.