Designed to provide a well-rounded insight into the workings of the business, the two-year programme operates on a three-month rotational basis at its Manchester head office, with the candidates working on secondment across each key area including HR, IT, marketing, commercial, finance, operations and sales.
In addition, graduates spend time shadowing one of the firm’s 900 UK franchisees, in order to better understand the customer experience that Travel Counsellors provide.
The programme presents a number of opportunities to its graduates, including exposure to the firm’s international operations in Ireland, Australia, Netherlands, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. Candidates are also assigned a personal mentor throughout the two years, designed to support them on a day to day basis and demonstrate key values.
The first year’s graduate intake saw Helena Thompson and Miguela Kerins, both from the University of Manchester and Bethany Harwood, a graduate from the University of Central Lancashire, start their roles at Travel Counsellors in August.
The launch of the scheme follows excellent financial results for the Trafford City-based business, with Travel Counsellors recently announcing a 22% rise in turnover year on year.
Steve Byrne, managing director of Travel Counsellors, said:“The recruitment and development of the next generation is critical to the long term future of the business, and we are always looking to invest in the best local talent. The city is among the most popular in the UK for students, and the University of Manchester is home to some of the brightest minds in the country.
“Several of our previous graduate appointments have gone on to form part of our senior team, holding positions of great responsibility across seven countries so this is a fantastic opportunity for the new recruits”.
Anne Milligan, employability manager at The University of Manchester, said: “The University of Manchester has become the most targeted university in the country for graduate recruiters, and we have seen an increasing number of our students wanting to remain in the city following graduation. Travel Counsellors is an exciting and growing company, making it a very appealing option.
“In just the first year, the scheme has already proven extremely popular, and we are confident that we will see an increasing number join the firm over the coming years as the programme becomes more embedded. With the right skills and training, we know our students are capable of working their way up to senior management positions, which is an excellent outcome for both the university and Travel Counsellors.”