Careers/ Education

ITT shows its commitment to careers and education by recognition of good practice, student awards, consultancy and much more.

ITT runs an Education & Training Committee chaired by ITT Board Director Claire Steiner. Claire organises student events on behalf of ITT, such as the hugely popular 'Future You' seminar at WTM.

She also represents ITT on external education/ industry bodies. Educational partnerships are an important part of ITT’s careers and education work.

The most recent being with the Global Travel & Tourism Partnership, a multi-country educational programme to introduce students to careers in travel and tourism.

Apprenticeships

WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP?

Apprenticeships are a programme of learning that develops the skills and knowledge of someone in employment. They lead to nationally recognised qualifications that help apprentices progress in their chosen career.

They combine flexibility to meet the needs of individual employers, with a set content that maintains their identity and robustness. They are available at intermediate, advanced and higher levels in England and are designed to meet the needs of different occupations and areas of industry. Sector-specific apprenticeships available include Travel Services

BENEFITS OF APPRENTICESHIPS TO EMPLOYERS

Research shows that there are clear benefits of apprenticeships to businesses in the hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism sector (Source: Populus on behalf of the former Learning and Skills Council, 2008)

  • Employers employing a hospitality and catering apprenticeship saw the quickest return on their investment than other sectors – on average, just over a year
  • TUI Travel PLC found that ex-apprentice travel advisors achieved over 16 percent more sales than non-apprentices
  • They provide a solution for filling hard-to-fill managerial positions as employers can grow and shape apprentices into high calibre managers who understand the business and the corporate culture. They can reduce skills gaps at this level.
    Research conducted in February 2008 also revealed that:
  • 77% of employers believe apprenticeships make them more competitive
  • 76% say that apprenticeships provide higher overall productivity
  • 80% feel that apprenticeships reduce staff turnover
  • 83% of employers rely on their apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future
  • Two-thirds of respondents believe that their apprenticeship programme helps them fill vacancies more quickly
  • 88% believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce
  • 41% say that their apprentices make a valuable contribution to the business during their training period
  • 57% report a high proportion of their apprentices going on to management positions within the company
  • Over three-quarters of respondents expect apprenticeships to play a bigger part in their recruitment policy in the future

PRACTICALITIES AND NEXT STEPS

As apprenticeships are work-based training programmes, most of the training is ‘on the job’ – at the employer’s premises. The rest can be provided by a local college or by a specialist learning provider, or you could deliver everything yourself. A learning provider will provide an employer representative who will be able to guide and work with you to:

  • help you decide which apprenticeship is right for you
  • explain the way that apprenticeships might work for you and if funding is available
  • agree a training plan with your apprentice
  • recruit an apprentice or support your existing staff into apprenticeships
  • manage the training and evaluation
  • ensure that national quality standards are met and integrated, coherent training is delivered

Apprenticeship funding is available from the National Apprenticeship Service. The size of the contribution varies depending on your sector and the age of the candidate. For further information go to http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk or call 08000 150 600

For more information on sector apprenticeship frameworks go to www.uksp.co.uk

ITT Centres of Excellence

ITT created the Centres of Excellence status to recognise leading universities keen on working particularly closely with the Institute.

Universities with Centre of Excellence status will be able to use a dedicated logo, receive support in organising industrial placements, have access to high level industry speakers, have access to senior industry figures for research purposes and will grant an annual ITT Centre of Excellence Student of the Year award to a student identified by the university.

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