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  • Date:
  • 07/03/14

Giving even more young people the skills to build a successful career is high on the agenda at Thomson and First Choice

3rd March, 2014 - Thomson and First Choice, part of TUI UK & Ireland, are offering 130 new apprenticeship positions within the business in 2014, giving young people the chance to gain full-time employment, whilst achieving recognised qualifications within the travel industry.

As leading UK travel providers, Thomson and First Choice have been recruiting and retaining apprentices aged 16 and over for the past 25 years. They have trained in excess of 7,000 people to date, recruiting young people through a number of channels including Job Centres, schools and colleges.

Over the next 25 years, Thomson and First Choice expect the total number of completed apprenticeships to reach the 15,000 milestone, giving more young people opportunities for a genuine career within the companies. More than 175 successful apprenticeships and advanced apprenticeship were completed last year, with these numbers set to rise as vocational training interest continues to grow.

Not only do apprenticeships offer a certified qualification, they also offer a GCSE equivalent in maths and English, personal learning and thinking skills, and a wide variety of technical knowledge. Thomson and First Choice have over 220 apprentices within the company at any one time, with the vast majority completing Level 2 Intermediate training and going on to achieve a Level 3 Advanced qualification.

HR Director for TUI UK & Ireland, Caroline Kitcher says: “The apprenticeship scheme forms part of our commitment to recruit real talent to the travel industry. We are offering great career opportunities with strong prospects for the future. Employability, personal training and thinking, technical knowledge, resilience, coping techniques, team work, communication skills – these are all of the tools that our apprentices will gain through our training. We have found that apprentices are highly motivated, quick to learn and eager to achieve within their roles, working collaboratively within their teams. Many apprentices are often at assistant manager level in one of our retail shops by the time of apprenticeship completion. As well as gaining a recognised travel qualification, the skills that our apprentices learn are vital both in the workplace and in life.”

Chris Jones, Chief Executive at the City & Guilds Group, a global leader in skills development, commented: “Businesses of all types and across all industries need qualified, well-trained staff to boost productivity and future growth. That’s why apprenticeships are so important in developing tomorrow’s workforce. Apprenticeships from Thomson and First Choice introduce young people into the workforce as valued, full-time employees, and into a career in a thriving industry. It sets them on a great path to advance their careers in the future.”

Company Advanced Apprentice of the Year 2013, Stacie Guiel is one apprenticeship success story. Having joined the business in June 2011 as a 17 year old retail apprentice, she showed dedication and commitment throughout her two year training programme to gain four distinctions in City & Guilds travel destination exams and based on her service, sales results and great winning behaviours, she is now a Travel Advisor.

Stacie commented: ‘‘When the opportunity for an apprenticeship in travel services with Thomson and First Choice came up, I took it. An apprenticeship within the travel industry appealed to me because you get to do the job itself while learning, so you gain the knowledge whilst also having the experience to support it”

Applications to become a TUI UK & Ireland apprentice can be made at

Notes to Editors

For more information on Thomson and First Choice Apprenticeships, for case studies or for spokespeople, please contact:

01582 645336

About Thomson and First Choice

Thomson and First Choice, part of TUI UK & Ireland, take over 5.5 million customers away each year, making them the UK’s largest holiday company.

Travelling to 88 destinations in over 30 countries, Thomson and First Choice offer a wide range of holidays for families, couples and groups alike.

Thomson Airways is the UK’s third largest airline with 57 aircraft and Thomson Cruises is the UK’s third largest cruise line with a fleet of four ships. Thomson Airways was the first airline in the UK to take delivery of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and is flying the aircraft on selected long haul routes.

TUI UK & Ireland is part of the TUI Travel PLC Group.


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