Barrhead Travel pledges to recruit 75 modern apprentices

Barrhead Travel has pledged to recruit more than 75 modern apprentices for its UK-wide store network.

The Glasgow-headquartered firm is welcoming applications from 16 to 19-year-olds. Picture: Malcolm Cochrane

The Glasgow group will create roles across departments including sales, marketing, IT and business development, it announced at the end of Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

Jacqueline Dobson, president of Barrhead Travel, started her own career in the industry as a trainee and ascended through the ranks during a twenty-year career, taking up her current role in 2019.

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She said: “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.

Jacqueline Dobson, president of Barrhead Travel, started as an apprentice. Picture: Contributed

"Around 50 per cent of our own senior management team started as trainees or apprentices and are now well-known and respected figures in the travel industry.”

Last year the group revealed plans to roll out 100 new stores.

Barrhead Travel’s modern apprenticeships are open to those between the ages of 16 and 19.

Dobson added: “We need to ensure that, when faced with the decision of what to do after leaving school, young people know that there is no right or wrong path.

"There can be huge pressures on school-leavers to pursue an education at university however you do not need to get a degree in order to enjoy a successful career."