B2B wholesaler JacTravel has developed a new graduate training scheme.
The company aims to recruit two university graduates a year who will learn the business and develop into the future management of the company.
The new recruits will work in different departments over a two-year period to gain first-hand experience of wholesaling and tour operating – from negotiating and contracting hotels to establishing new customer relationships.
Travel will be a requirement of the role, with potentially four to six weeks a year away from the office.
There will be a choice to work in the UK or abroad at the end of the two-year period.
The company is looking for candidates with an understanding of the travel industry, a tourism, business management, or related degree – preferably a 2:1 or above – having graduated in the last two years or by the start of the programme.
The scheme was unveiled at the Future You student travel and tourism conference organised by the Institute of Travel & Tourism on the final day of World Travel Market.
JacTravel chief executive Terry Williamson said: “Whilst we are looking for people who have a good academic record; that is not the only thing.
“Character and attitude are crucial too. We want people who can demonstrate an ability to sell, to negotiate and to show leadership qualities.
“We also expect to see a genuine enthusiasm for travelling to new places and an innate desire to look after customers and think of ways to make them happy.”
Claire Steiner, ITT chair of education and training and a principal organiser of ITT Future You, said: “I hope to see more companies follow suit in future, as the advantages of taking on people who have been formally educated in the industry’s best practices become more widely appreciated.”