Hays Travel has secured a contract with the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) allowing the company to deliver an apprenticeship programme in house.


The NAS has worked with the travel agency to develop and fund an in-house apprenticeship programme.


Hays Travel training manager Katie Woods-Ruddick said: “While we have used external partners in the past to deliver training, we feel that as the company has grown the natural progression was to bring the programme in house.”


Hays has expanded its training team to work with the new apprentices and existing staff. She added: “However, we don’t stop just at young people; we also offer team leadership and management training to ensure that we are developing our staff ready for management positions.


“Due to this contract we have expanded our training team to ensure that we continue to offer a first class service to our employees.”


To deliver their in-house qualifications, Hays Travel has teamed up with Pearson Work Based Learning, a provider of work-based qualifications.


Trevor Luker, managing director of Pearson Work Based Learning, said: “This is a significant development for us because Hays Travel is the first travel employer to offer a full BTEC Apprenticeship in travel.”