Today (Monday 17 September) the UK’s first degree apprentices in the travel industry began their studies on the TUI Management Degree Apprenticeship and the TUI Solicitor Apprenticeship. The 20 apprentices were welcomed to the University by Julie Newlan, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Business and International Development at the University of Hertfordshire, along with TUI UK & Ireland’s Managing Director Andrew Flintham and HR Director Caroline Kitcher.
The TUI Management Degree Apprenticeship is the first degree-level apprenticeship in the travel industry. It launched in December 2017 and attracted 475 applications from existing staff and external candidate. Following an intensive interview process, 18 new apprentices were chosen to advance their career, gaining vital skills for the travel industry through a combination of work and study.
“The development of the bespoke TUI Management Degree Apprenticeship perfectly illustrates the benefit of universities and businesses having strong professional partnerships,” said Julie Newlan, from the University of Hertfordshire. “We’re delighted to be working with TUI to help them invest in their people, attract new talent and boost innovation within the travel industry. As a result of this partnership, apprentices will be able to access high quality teaching and develop the knowledge, skills and attributes fundamental to succeeding in a global business environment.”
Andrew Flintham, Managing Director, TUI UK & Ireland: “We’re really excited to be here today to support our new apprentices on their first day of studying for the new degree level apprenticeships – the first of its kind in the travel industry. We’ve already welcomed our new apprentices to our Head Office and they’ve spent the last couple of weeks getting to know each other and starting to learn about our business. It’ll be fantastic to follow their progress and see where this new programme will take them – hopefully becoming our next future leaders.”
The Degree in Business and Management is bespoke and designed by the University of Hertfordshire in partnership with TUI to reflect the modern needs of a global travel business. Learning modules include principles of marketing, accounting for managers and global perspectives in business. The Management apprentices will work full-time for TUI in a variety of roles on a rotation basis including in its airline ‘TUI Airways’, Business Change and Commercial functions enabling young people to ‘earn while they learn’ and complete their Degree over four years.
Sarah Bird, one of the 18 TUI Management Degree apprentices beginning their studies today, said that she was interested in ‘stretching my own personal development, particularly broadening my knowledge of our business beyond retail.’ Another apprentice, Patrick McNicholas, currently a TUI rep and retail executive, said that he was looking forward to ‘starting a new chapter on my TUI Journey. To be able to bring my experiences of overseas and retail and to further develop to my education and career with TUI, so I can take this fantastic opportunity to the next level.’
The Solicitor Apprenticeship programme was launched with TUI in July 2018 and TUI is the first company in the travel industry to launch a scheme of this nature, combining on the job training, real legal work experience and academic learning. There are two apprentices from TUI starting their training in September. The Solicitor Apprenticeship programme will support their professional development by offering a demonstrably high-standard of education and training, while they practice their advocacy skills in the University’s replica crown court and participate in a range of co-curricular activities. Degree apprentices will be required to attend the University for at least one day a week across three semesters.