Travel Counsellors is hosting an open day at its Manchester head office on Thursday, October 5 for all Monarch employees affected by the travel group’s collapse.

The session will take place between 10am and 2pm and will offer advice and guidance about where and how to look for new opportunities within the travel industry, as well as offering practical support around CV preparation and interview skills.

Staff led by managing director Kirsten Hughes will also discuss how to become a Travel Counsellor.

Manchester airport was one of five UK hubs for Monarch Group, which employed around 500 Greater Manchester-based staff.

Travel Counsellors said it has assisted more than 2,000 customers who had advanced bookings with Monarch.

It has also set up a dedicated Freephone number and e-mail address for travellers affected.

Managing director Kirsten Hughes said: “Following the collapse of Monarch Group, our priority has been to ensure customers, both in resort and due to travel, have been kept fully informed as the situation develops.

“However, we are now also turning our attention towards supporting former Monarch employees who have been affected by the group’s collapse.

“We have a genuine passion for the industry and its people, and we want to ensure dedicated and knowledgeable staff who have been fantastic assets to Monarch in recent years remain in the travel industry.

“We’re keen to highlight the opportunity of taking control of your own career and building a business as a Travel Counsellor. Our Travel Counsellors come from a variety of backgrounds but all have the desire and passion for providing a highly personal service, placing the care for the customer at the heart of what we do.”

Former Monarch employees interested in attending the session should visit: