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Barrhead Travel push training to support growth

Barrhead Travel have embarked on a major staff training initiative in partnership with Glasgow Clyde College to support their growth strategy.

Management see recruitment and retention as core to ambitious expansion plans, with learning and development the key driver.

With over 1000 members of staff, Barrhead Travel want to reward existing long-serving managers with a qualification that will enhance their skills.

So much so that managers will get 40 hours of paid time out of the business to focus on studies.

Nine senior staff from support divisions such as Business Development and Marketing will complete  a  “First Line Management’ qualification with the Chartered Management Institute.

Additionally, 16 will be put through the ‘Level Three Coaching and Mentoring’ qualification with Chartered Management Institute.

These two-year courses will be supported by Glasgow Clyde College as Barrhead Travel’s external training provider and partner.

Two internal trainers based at the Barrhead Travel training centre in Glasgow will be put through a further course called ‘Awards and Education in Training’, a City and Guild qualification.

Sharon Munro, President of Barrhead Travel, said: “We know the benefits of investing in training and development for our staff which is why we make this a huge focus. We are going through a period of expansion at Barrhead Travel, and we want our staff to grow with us.

Revenues topped £300 million for the first time, the travel agency reported in its latest annual results. 

The figure was a 7.4 per cent rise on the previous year as a surge in river cruise sales and increased numbers of customers visiting new stores in England and Wales boosted the business.


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