BARRHEAD Travel, one of the UK’s leading travel companies, has announced plans to recruit over 75 new apprentices for positions across its country-wide network.

The Scottish-based travel agency said positions will be created in a variety of departments including sales, marketing, IT and business development.

Barrhead Travel apprentices will “earn as they learn” with full-time salaries commensurate with their age.

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As well as working towards a qualification, each apprentice will be assigned a dedicated mentor and have travel industry training.

It includes travelling to learn about destinations and discounts on their own holidays.

The travel company’s relationship with apprenticeships dates back to its inception in 1975 when their first store opened with two full-time employees and a Youth Training Scheme (YTS) apprentice.

The company has supported a number of schemes and guarantees full-time employment for everyone who completes the course. Those aged 16-19 can apply.

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Jacqueline Dobson, president of Barrhead Travel, started in the travel industry as a trainee and ascended through the ranks during a 20-year career.

In 2019, she took the helm as president, flanked by a senior management team of whom half were also former apprentices.

She said: “Having started in the travel industry as an apprentice, I know first-hand the benefits of the scheme and how, being part of a supportive environment, can enhance your confidence and grow your skills.

"As a large employer, we have a duty to ensure we are providing career-paths and opportunities for our young people. They are our business leaders of the future.”

The company said it is not commenting on coronavirus at this stage but it is working closely with ABTA and government to ensure all correct information on travel is communicated to customers.