Travel firm signs up apprentices

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The Swaffham branch of Premier Travel is leading the way within its group of East Anglian branches with the launch of a new apprenticeship scheme.

The independent local travel agent, Premier Travel, has launched the scheme to help those keen to work in the travel industry to get their first foot in the door.

The Premier Apprenticeship Scheme – which has just signed its first members in its Swaffham and St Ives branches – is offering apprenticeships in each of its 17 Premier Travel agencies in East Anglia.

Joining the team at Swaffham is Kayleigh Rowland, who will complete her apprenticeship, run in conjunction with the Cambridge Regional College, at the branch.

Premier Travel apprentices will be trained to become travel agents and learn about destinations around the world, gaining an NVQ Level 2 in sales.

Alternatively, people can join the head office of the tour operation side of the business – Premier Holidays – which is based near Cambridge.

Sue Papworth, group managing director of Premier Holidays and Premier Travel, said: “We are always looking to invest in bright and enthusiastic people who are passionate about travel.

“Our new apprenticeships are ideal for students looking for their first job, or travel-lovers wanting a career change.

“The most important thing we look for in our staff is a passion for travel and outstanding customer service, so that our clients keep returning to book more holidays.”

Benefits include an in-depth training programme, £260 per week in salary (plus bonuses for sales apprentices), a pension scheme, and the opportunity to travel within the first six months.

Apprentices joining the leading tour operator side can choose to become a sales apprentice or customer apprentice.

Sales apprentices will work within a busy call centre and learn how to put together all components that make up a holiday, gaining an NVQ Level 2 in sales.

Customer service apprentices will initially work within the customer services team dealing with administration, before moving on to telephone enquiries and changes to holiday bookings, gaining a Level 2 Diploma in customer services.

All of the courses run for 18 months, and apprentices have the opportunity to apply for other jobs within either company at the end of the apprenticeship.

For further information about the Premier Apprenticeship Scheme visit the website: www.premier-travel.co.uk/Apprenticeships