This Summer eighteen individuals with their eyes on a career in corporate travel are being offered a unique helping hand designed to set them on the path to success
Belfast-based Selective Travel Management, recognised as one of the UK’s fastest growing independent Travel Management Companies, and Jurys Inn which has 36 business-friendly hotels located in cities throughout the UK, Ireland and the Czech Republic, have joined forces with South Eastern Regional College and The Department for the Economy to create an all-new Corporate Travel Academy.
The innovative pilot scheme will provide eighteen places on a six-week Assured Skills Programme. Candidates will be hot house in all aspects of their target career arena and, on completion of the course, will have earned a level 3 qualification in Leadership & Management, plus a guaranteed job interview, with the chance to put their new skills to work.
Announcing details of the scheme, Keith Graham, Managing Director of Selective Travel Management, said, “As a business we are resolutely committed to continuous learning and development. Our ethos that ‘every day’s a school day’ builds our corporate success and it builds great careers for our employees. We want to share our enthusiasm for learning with others and we are delighted to be a driving force behind this exciting initiative.
“Corporate travel is a fast-growing sector which needs capable, talented people who will rise to its challenges and opportunities. We are confident that the new Corporate Travel Academy will help us to identify fresh new talent and we will be proud to give them the helping hand which will put them on the first rung of their new career ladder.”
Elaine Flynn, SERC said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for anyone, any age, with an HND qualification, in any discipline, to train, qualify and fulfil a role in corporate tourism.
“This is a six-week intensive programme, commencing on 30th September to 8th November at our Lisburn Campus. Participants will complete a Level 3 qualification in leadership and management and a customer services qualification as well as guaranteed interviews with Selective Travel Management and Jurys Inn Hotels.
“Participants will be paid £155 a week including childcare and travel costs.”
Keith concluded: “I would like to congratulate Elaine Flynn, SERC, for curating such an innovative and exciting course for participates to train, qualify and fulfil a role in corporate tourism. It will provide an excellent platform for our company to support the training of Northern Ireland’s next wave of travel industry recruits and will highlight the potential growth of this sector as well as the benefits it delivers to ‘NI plc’.
“We already employ 115 full-time staff at our Belfast headquarters from where they manage and support the global travel requirements of a diverse and extensive portfolio of leading businesses and organisations. The daily work at Selective Travel Management spans the world and our skills are world-class. We are delighted to share our expertise, insight and passion for travel with others and to give them a fresh take on the world of work. We are confident that this new course will open the doors to a world of opportunity.”