Hotel and Travel Solutions invests in industry’s future talent

Hotel and Travel Solutions (HTS), the Bromsgrove-based hotel booking agent and travel management specialist, has appointed its first apprentice and boosted the industry profile of two of employees via leading industry bodies.

Bradley Smith has joined HTS as its first apprentice, Charlie Carvill has been named one of the winners of the Meetings Show’s inaugural Tomorrow’s Talent initiative, and Olivia Woolley has been appointed to the HBAA’s ‘Next Gen Board’.

Julie Shorrock, managing director of HTS says: “The leaders of the future won’t all come from universities and there are so many hard-working young people searching for their chance to break into the career of their choice, without the qualifications and experience to help them. So, at HTS we work with the careers departments of our local colleges when we have full-time vacancies available. And we’ve now used those channels to fill our first apprentice vacancy – we’re delighted to welcome Bradley to our team. 

“We’ve also placed a big focus this year on supporting our existing employees in growing their industry exposure and knowledge. By working with the associations such as the HBAA, and events including the Meetings Show, we have a fantastic chance to motivate customer-focussed potential industry leaders. And, importantly, we can put forward individuals whose innovative ideas and enthusiasm can help drive improvements for this industry’s customers.”

Speaking about what it meant to her to be nominated by HTS for the HBAA’s ‘Next Gen Board’, Olivia, National Account Manager says: “It’s rewarding to be recognised by the leadership team at HTS, especially for an opportunity to bring the next generation’s ideas to the HBAA, while developing my own career and inspiring my peers. We’re in an industry which can struggle to attract younger talent. And now, thanks to my own team, I can help a leading industry association and its members with ideas on how to support us professionally and personally, and to retain our skills as part of diverse market.”

Speaking about one HTS’s recent visits to their students, Sarah-Jane Badger, Personal Tutor in Travel and Tourism at Heart of Worcestershire College said: “Feedback from learners was very positive and certainly made some of them think about how employable they currently are, and what areas they may need to improve in. They felt it was very relevant and informative. I certainly enjoyed the presentation and found it very interesting – I think I would have applied for the apprenticeship myself after that talk!”

Julie concluded: “The commitment and professionalism of our teams means that we’re currently experiencing a great deal of success and growth – we’re even looking at further apprentices in the near future. So, it’s right that we share it with our employees, community, and the industry through initiatives like these.”

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