ITT Future You has appointed its first apprentice ambassador to help drive a renewed focus throughout travel on the benefits of apprenticeships.
Chloe Lee will work with ITT’s education and training committee to engage a new generation of travel professionals, and encourage more travel firms to consider taking on apprentices.
Lee will be hosting a series of Spotlight On... interviews with industry figures to highlight entry points and opportunities across the sector.
Her first guest is head of Advantage Holidays, Lee Ainsworth, who started his career as an apprentice. You can watch Lee’s interview with Ainsworth below.
Claire Steiner, ITT education and training chair, said: "It is crucial, now more than ever, that we support the next generation of emerging talent, encouraging them to continue to look at careers in travel and tourism despite the current challenges we face due to Covid-19.
"We will also continue to support existing talent, showcasing opportunities and help that is available, including degree level apprenticeships."
Steiner added she wanted to thank Northern Training Academy for sponsoring Lee’s new role as part of her apprenticeship training.
Along with ITT’s university student ambassadors, Steiner said Lee would provide a voice for students, help create more opportunities for travel and education to collaborate and drive development of ITT Future You.
Lee said: "My aim is to help people understand the day in the life of a travel and tourism apprentice as well as develop my own career.
"I am here to help guide younger people with their career in travel and tourism and to advise how apprenticeships can help get them into their career, along with how they can move forward in the industry".
Jo Roche, managing director of Northern Training Academy, added: "Working closely with industry professionals helps the team at NTA to ensure we are providing education and training opportunities that meet the specific needs of this diverse industry.
"There is a need, even more so with the challenges of Covid-19 still creating ongoing uncertainty, for our vital resource – people – to receive the support and information they need to start and progress their careers.
"Chloe is the epitome of what we hope the industry values in their people – enthusiastic, knowledgeable, positive, hardworking and above all, to have a sense of humour.
"The whole team at NTA are excited to be helping Chloe on her own travel and tourism journey, as well as helping to support her to help others."