Thomas Cook to train management apprentices

Thomas Cook, one of the UK’s largest travel agencies has announced that it’s establishing a level four management apprenticeship course to find a new generation of store managers.

Participants will undergo a Level 4 managerial apprenticeship programme for the next two years, starting this autumn.

Kathryn Darbandi, customer services director at Thomas Cook has welcomed plans to introduce a younger workforce into the company.

‘‘You can do your two-year apprenticeship with the company and then go straight into this but it’s for anyone interested in becoming a manager.’’

‘‘It’s a good way to become a store manager and it’s already getting a lot of traction.’’

Darbandi predicts that the course will attract up to 50 apprentices within the first 12 months.

The holiday group already recruit and train hundreds of apprentices in the UK through its retail apprenticeship scheme.

The programme includes an NVQ diploma in travel services, a technical certificate in travel geography and functional skills in mathematics and English. Ofsted rate the firm highly for its apprenticeship training, giving apprentice staff a 94 per cent pass rate in 2014.