Barrhead Travel Launches New Training Academy
BARRHEAD TRAVEL LAUNCHES NEW TRAINING ACADEMY
Barrhead Travel has made a significant investment to launch a brand new training academy in Glasgow city centre.
The innovative academy, based in Bothwell Street, boasts state-of-the-art facilities and technology, and has been designed with the look and feel of a modern branch, providing staff with a familiar learning and development environment. It also features an outside learning space, which is considered to be a first for the industry.
The investment in the training centre comes during a period of sustained expansion, as the leading independent travel group continues to increase its branch footprint across the UK.
Barrhead Travel chief executive Sharon Munro said: “Our people are our business, and are firmly at the heart of our strategy for growth.
“Our in-house training team has doubled in size in recent years, and this new academy gives us a positive learning environment to develop and grow our people across the whole of the business.
“This latest investment will also help us attract, grow and retain the best people in the industry.”
The chief executive also revealed that the Barrhead Travel has introduced a new management development programme into its training portfolio.
She added: “Our training programme is well-established, offering opportunity and career progression for our staff and leading apprentice programme.
“We are always exploring pioneering and engaging ways to educate and train our people, as part of our commitment to promote and develop from within.
“With this in mind we have developed a new 12-month management programme which enables our staff to meet their professional development aspirations and play a key role in the growth of Barrhead Travel.”
Neil McDonald 0141 229 7799 Neil.McDonald@eqtr.com
NOTES TO EDITOR
About Barrhead Travel:
Founded in 1975 by an ex-bank worker, Bill Munro, and operating from an unremarkable shop in the south Glasgow suburb of Barrhead with just one member of staff and a YTS, Barrhead Travel's first steps in the travel business were tentative and small. But fast-forward and the company has grown into a multi-faceted travel giant with 850 staff in 56 locations – and is one of the largest and most successful travel agencies in the UK.
In 2002, Barrhead Travel opened the first city centre travel superstore in the UK, right in the heart of Glasgow. One of the largest travel agencies in Europe, it was also the first “experience” store in Scotland. In 2012 the company opened a 100-seat contact centre in Cumbria.
Barrhead Travel has expanded from a traditional ‘bucket and spade’ travel agent to a multi-faceted travel group chartering its own flights, offering bespoke holidays to all corners of the globe, running an in-house training facility, employing specialist consultants providing expert advice in areas such as long haul, cruise and ski holidays and promoting youth employment through its apprenticeship scheme.
The company has won many awards over the years, including Top UK Travel Agency and Best Travel Agency in Scotland for 12 years running and was awarded a position in The Sunday Times Fast Track 100. Barrhead Travel was also named Employer of the Year at the Scottish Business Awards in 2012 and has been recognised as one of the Best Companies to Work For for the last five years.
The firm successfully completed the acquisition of UK-based cruise agency ‘The Holiday Specialists’ in December 2012, a deal worth in the region of £3 million. In addition the company launched its first trade-focused sub-brand, Brilliant Travel in August 2013. The new brand will oversee expansion of its managed service branches, home-based travel advisors and corporate partnerships.