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People 1st announces members of new Travel Apprenticeship Board

2 March 2017

Representatives from five organisations have secured a leading role in the future of travel apprenticeships with a seat on the Travel Apprenticeship Board.

The new board, which will be facilitated by performance and talent management expert, People 1st, is recognised by government to oversee the external quality assurance of the employer-driven travel apprenticeship that was launched this year.

Members, carefully selected for their combined expertise and passion in driving up the quality of apprenticeships, will each will play a significant part in helping to ensure the new apprenticeship standard remains fit for purpose for all businesses across the industry. This is critical when considering the industry needs 53,000 skilled staff by 2024, in order to operate effectively and remain competitive.

An impartial nominations committee, which included input from ABTA, BCD Travel, also representing GTMC, Co-op, the Association of Colleges (AoC) and People 1st, selected the following five representatives:

  • Ben Bouldin, associate vice president and managing director UK & Ireland, Royal Caribbean International
  • Emma Metcalf, qualifications delivery manager - talent programmes, Thomas Cook
  • Julia Assock, head of learning & development, Reed & Mackay
  • Linda Ginger, global head of sales training, STA Travel
  • Nicky Duffy, head of operations, Clarity Travel Management

In addition to the five employer members, the board will also include non-voting representatives from ABTA and GTMC.

Annette Allmark, director of strategic policy at People 1st comments:

“We were delighted to see such a fantastic range of nominations from businesses across the industry wanting an influential role in the future of travel apprenticeships. It’s important to stress that while the board includes five industry representatives, all employers are encouraged to engage with its members and People 1st to help drive quality apprenticeships.”

Angela Williams, director of human resources at BCD Travel and co-chair of the travel trailblazer explains:

“Having launched our travel apprenticeship last year, it was important to secure governance around its integrity and continuing viability, so that it will always be fit for purpose. We are confident the chosen representatives have the necessary attributes to lead the way on apprenticeships in the travel sector and safeguard the interests of all parties involved in achieving high quality standards.”

Vick Wolf, partnerships manager (Education) at ABTA adds:

“We are delighted to join the new Travel Apprenticeship Board and look forward to working with the new board members. ABTA and a number of key members have been heavily involved in the development of the travel apprenticeship and we will continue to work to ensure that the travel industry plays a leading role in the governance of the new apprenticeship. The Travel Apprenticeship Board will play a vital role in ensuring that the new generation of apprentices meet the high standards we have set.”

Find out more about the Travel Apprenticeship Board


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