A major staff training initiative has been started by Barrhead Travel in partnership with Glasgow Clyde College to support the Scottish agency’s growth strategy.

Long-serving managers have the chance to gain a qualification to enhance their skills. Managers will get 40 hours of paid time out to focus on studies.

Nine senior staff from support divisions such as business development and marketing will complete a ‘first line management’ qualification with the Chartered Management Institute.

A further 16 will be put through a level three coaching and mentoring’ qualification, also with Chartered Management Institute.

The two-year courses will be supported by Glasgow Clyde College as Barrhead Travel’s external training provider.

Two internal trainers based at the agency’s training centre in Glasgow will participate in an awards and education in training course to gain a City and Guilds qualification.

Barrhead Travel employs more than 1,000 employees and sees staff retention as key to its expansion plans, supported by learning and development.

President Sharon Munro said: “We know the benefits of investing in training and development for our staff which is why we make this a huge focus.

“We are going through a period of expansion at Barrhead Travel, and we want our staff to grow with us.”