Barrhead Travel invests £1.4m into apprenticeships to gain competitive edge

In a bid to give its business a competitive advantage, Barrhead Travel in Glasgow is investing £1.4 million into hiring 90 apprentices in 2014.

The company employs six trainers to work with its apprentices, who are working towards NVQs in travel and tourism or business administration and IT.

Last year Barrhead employed 74 apprentices, 97% of which are now in full-time employment with the company.

Chief executive Sharon Munro said: “There’s definitely a competitive advantage to be had by taking on young people via the modern apprentice programme. The talent in Scotland certainly is there, but in certain business areas there just isn’t enough of it to go around, unfortunately. That’s why we recruit a number of people annually from outside the travel industry and also from outside Scotland.”