Co-operative Travel and Tui apprentices win at People 1st awards

Travel industry winners at the People 1st Apprenticeship Awards have been announced.

Bethany Trueman, of Co-operative Travel, was named as travel intermediate apprentice of the year and Olivia Barnsley, of Tui UK & Ireland, as travel advanced apprentice of the year.

The awards, announced at the House of Commons in London, recognise exceptional apprentices, mentors and employers from the hospitality, retail, passenger transport and travel industries.

People 1st managing director Simon Tarr said:  said:  “Our research shows that our industries will have 2.8 million job opportunities by 2022, with 600,000 skilled and management job vacancies. It therefore vital that we encourage people to enter and stay in the industry and apprenticeships are the best way to do this.

“These awards promote the industry as a great place to work, highlight the value apprentices can offer, and celebrate those who play an essential role in supporting apprentices on their chosen career path.

“The passion and enthusiasm of everyone involved – the young people, their employers and those who came to support them – points to a great future for our industries.

“We were also delighted to celebrate the work of our dedicated groups of employers that have formed trailblazers to implement the government’s apprenticeship reforms. People 1st is acting on behalf of trailblazer employers to develop new apprenticeship standards for the hospitality, travel, retail and passenger transport industries.”

MP Mike Freer, who co-hosted the awards, said: “These awards are crucial for the industry and I commend People 1st for this important initiative. I congratulate all the winners and wish them every success in their careers.”

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