The travel trailblazer group, which is being led by BCD Travel, has developed apprenticeship standards for corporate travel consultants and has worked with a range of other employers to develop the standards, with People 1st acting as the managing agent.
The work has also involved a number of SMEs, who have commented on the standards, although the Government has agreed to provide more time for the development of the standards, which will now be submitted in mid-October.
Annette Allmark, director of strategic policy at People 1st, said that this extension will give employers who have not yet had the chance to comment on the standards the opportunity to have their say.
“The trailblazer group will continue to look at these standards to make sure that they meet businesses needs across the entire industry, especially around the IT, maths and geography aspects of the standards, and they will be available on the People 1st website to review for anyone interested,” said Annette.
“It’s important that people take part, as even if they don’t currently employ an apprentice, they can really shape the future of their industry and help learners gain the skills they need in their business.”
Angela Williams, HR Director of corporate travel specialists, BCD Travel, is also keen to make sure that the travel industry sees the importance of engaging in apprenticeships.
"As the UK economy continues to pick up we’re seeing how the business travel sector is expanding. While this is fantastic for many businesses, some employers are already facing a real issue around skill shortages.
“Business travel drives economic growth and we need to make sure we attract, develop and retain the next generation of consultants who can support the needs of corporate and public sector clients.
“Everyone involved in the work is excited about the opportunity the trailblazer gives us to develop a truly employer-owned apprenticeship that meets the needs of both corporate and leisure travel."