Oldham travel firm gives recruits chance to visit dream destinations as perk of the job

The chance to ‘road test’ dream holidays will be a new perk of the job at a North West travel firm that has launched a search for 44 new apprentices.

Hays Travel, which has a branch in Oldham, will be holding local open days in Manchester, Liverpool, and Wrexham for young people keen to work in the holiday industry.

Hays enjoyed a surge in bookings in March as pandemic travel restrictions eased – with the business reporting holiday bookings are up by 10 per cent on the figures for the same month in 2019.

Regional sales manager Simone Murphy, a former Hays apprentice, said: “We are seeing a real boom in holiday bookings as the world opens up again and we’re expecting that to continue through the year and into the future.

“That’s why we have decided to change the way we recruit apprentices, starting earlier than usual to reach more candidates and ensure we are giving the opportunity to individuals who are passionate about a career in travel.

“We want to give them the chance to come along and meet us, learn more about what we do and see if a career in travel and tourism is for them.

“We provide our new recruits with a comprehensive training package with a nationally-recognised qualification at the end of it to help them make the most of this opportunity to work in this exciting sector – all that has helped me and many others succeed at Hays.”

The closing date is April 11 – after which all candidates will have a telephone interview.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend open days in April and May in Liverpool, Manchester, and Wrexham.

The open days will be a chance to meet staff at Hays Travel and to learn more about the travel industry and the opportunities it provides.

Successful applicants will then be invited for an interview with the manager of the branch they have applied for – with a projected start date in July.

Their in-house training will lead to a nationally recognised qualification, an NVQ level two/three in Travel and Tourism.

Those interested in applying should visit Hays Travel’s website.