GTMC approves new travel consultant apprenticeship

The GTMC has approved the travel consultant apprenticeship, one of the new employer-designed apprenticeships, set out by the department of business, innovation and skills (BIS).

The initiative aims to develop a standard for a travel consultant and attract more young people to pursue a career in the business travel sector.

Organisations in the industry took part in a consultation period to agree a common standard for an apprenticeship in travel, in which the GTMC was heavily involved.

The next stage will be to produce an agreed assessment plan for approval in order to ensure there are “robust and consistent” requirements in place for apprentices to qualify over the coming months.

MP Nicholas Boles said: “I congratulate GTMC and members of the Travel Trailblazer on their involvement in designing the new apprenticeships for Travel Consultant, which we have published today. I am proud to say that through working with leading employers and groups such as GTMC we have now reached our target of creating two million apprentices since 2010. However two million is just the start. I want more employers to follow suit and start making apprentices a key part of their growth strategy.”

Further details on the travel consultant apprenticeship will be released early next year.