Barrhead Travel has announced it will take on a team of modern apprentices to keep up with the demands of Scottish holidaymakers.
Scotlands largest travel group will begin recruiting immediately to take on the new staff at its branches across the country. Through the programme the modern apprentices will receive a training allowance, travel expenses and staff benefits, as they work towards an industry recognised NVQ qualification in travel and tourism.
Following the successful completion of the course, the trainees will be given the opportunity to continue their career in the tourism industry with a permanent position at Barrhead Travel.
Sharon Munro, chief executive of Barrhead Travel, said: Taking those first steps into work can be a difficult and daunting experience for young people. To help support the countrys young workforce, our modern apprenticeship scheme will enable 50 young people in towns and cities across the country get into work.
We are looking for applicants, aged 16 to 19, who have already left school, to join our retail travel branches throughout Scotland, including our travel superstore in Glasgow city centre.
Wilma Taylor, head of staff development, added: Our commitment to helping invest in the future of our young people has never been more important and our modern apprenticeship scheme gives the new recruits the opportunity to build an exciting career with real prospects. Last year we employed 40 modern apprentices following the successful completion of the course.
The chosen candidates will be given on and off-the job training, ongoing support from our experienced management and support staff, and they can look forward to gaining a recognised industry qualification. This is a wonderful first step into the exciting travel industry.
Barrhead Travel, founded in Glasgow by Bill Munro in 1975, is now Scotlands largest independent travel group and employs more than 600 staff. In March the company featured in the 2012 Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For survey for the third consecutive year.