Damar Travel Apprenticeships
The Travel Consultant Apprenticeship has been designed for employees within the travel and tourism sector who would benefit from further training and development. It will build the apprentice’s knowledge of geography, customer service, legal and compliance, industry technology and their own personal development within the business and leisure travel industry.
Interested in recruiting an apprentice
or using travel apprenticeships to upskill existing staff?
The Damar Difference
Damar Training are one of just a handful of training providers delivering this valuable travel and tourism qualification. We maximise the benefits that travel apprenticeships can bring to businesses by:
- Using our experience of delivering the Travel Apprenticeship since its creation
- Delivering a 100% pass rate
- Providing coaches who are supportive, challenging and empowering
- Using a blended delivery model with tried-and-tested online platforms that allow us to deliver on a flexible and national basis
- Being an active partner of ABTA
Travel Apprenticeship Training Delivery Model
Local and national employers can access our 100% work-based training delivery model.
Our unique training programme is delivered via group and one-to-one (online) meetings and workshops. Each session has a clear objective and outcome, relevant content, demonstration and practice opportunity. Regular feedback is provided throughout the course and post-training content is provided for extra learning and development.
Travel apprenticeships are a fantastic way to kick start a career in travel consultancy or develop the skills and knowledge of an existing team member. Those with prior qualifications, including degrees, are eligible in most cases. The individual must be in a role where they need to make travel arrangements, accommodation bookings and ancillary services.
The apprentice must also be employed, usually for 30+ hours a week, and work more than 50% of their time in England and apprentices are expected to spend at least 20% of their time in “off-the-job” training.
Employers that pay the Apprenticeship Levy are able to pay all of the training costs from their Apprenticeship Levy account.
Employers that do not pay the levy, as well as large employers who have spent their levy budget, pay just 5% of the overall cost, with the government paying the balance. For employers with fewer than 50 employees the 5% contribution is waived for apprentices aged 16-18.
For a newly recruited apprentice, the grants (set to be extended until 31 January 2022) are £3,000 for employers taking on 16 to 18 year olds, and £3,000 for 19+.
There is never any cost to the apprentice, although apprentices’ salaries may reflect the investment being made by the employer.
Travel apprentices will be well placed to progress within the industry into leadership or specialist travel roles. For those wanting to go into management, we offer the Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor and the Level 5 Operational/Departmental Manager Apprenticeships.
“I decided to do the Travel Consultant Apprenticeship because I had studied travel and tourism at college and knew that I wanted to work for a travel agency. My greatest achievement was winning the Institute of Travel and Tourism Apprentice of the Year.”
The Benefits of Travel Apprenticeships
There are many benefits to using apprenticeship training for new or existing staff within your travel agency:
- Improve levels of customer service and retain more customers
- Increase confidence across your teams with a more skilled and qualified workforce
- Improve communication with customers on the telephone and face-to-face, as well as internal communications
- Deal more effectively with complaints and travel disruptions
During the pandemic, we saw more and more employers holding apprentice interviews remotely. Even as we move forward, it’s likely that a considerable proportion of …