Major travel firm to create 2,000 apprentices by 2020

It’s not just the government with an ambitious apprentice target for 2020. One of the UK’s largest travel firms, TUI has announced it plans to create 2000 apprentices in the next  four years. TUI, which owns well known travel businesses Thomson Holidays and First Choice says it will launch new schemes including aircraft engineer, digital expert and IT specialist under the plan.

The scheme builds on TUI’s impressive track record of apprenticeships. The company has created more than 5,500 apprenticeships since 2000.


Using the levy to change the framework

Caroline Kitcher, HR Director at TUI UK & Ireland, said of the plan, Offering 2,000 more apprenticeships – adding to the 5,500 we have trained in the last 15 years – is testament to our commitment to providing fantastic careers in our growing business.  Working for TUI can open up a world of opportunities and we pride ourselves on providing our people with quality training and development, and exciting career prospects both nationally and internationally.

“We’re a trailblazer for the industry.  We’re proud to make an industry-first pledge to develop a pilot apprenticeship standard, using the new apprentice levy to change the existing training framework.  This is in addition to an exciting scheme to train engineers and IT professionals in our new dedicated IT Academy.

“To work for TUI you need to have a passion for holidays, to want to work hard to deliver our customer promise – Discover your smile – and have a focus on providing unrivalled professionalism and service to our customers.


‘The right thing to do’

Kirstie Donnelly, Managing Director City & Guilds welcomed the news, saying “TUI UK and Ireland demonstrates just how engaged an employer can be in apprenticeships and skills development.  It recognises them as a natural mechanism to develop the talent it needs to remain as an industry leader, as well as investing for the future.

“In a period of uncertainty, before Government provides more clarity around apprenticeship policy reforms and the levy, it shows real commitment that TUI is pressing ahead with its apprenticeship plans because it’s the ‘right thing to do’.  The company is maintaining momentum but importantly maintaining it with a total focus on quality first.

“Whether it is a career to train to become a pilot, or as a customer adviser to provide the excellent customer service on booking the right holiday, TUI recognises that good quality entry training programmes through to apprenticeships and higher-level technical careers training are essential for it to compete.”