New travel and tourism diploma

The new Diploma in Travel and Tourism was launched last month by sector skills council People 1st and GoSkills.

The Diploma aims to help young people prepare for a potential career in travel. It spans a wide range of sectors and will be available in schools and colleges across England from September 2010.   
The course will cover travel and tourism services, passenger transport, visitor attractions, conferences and events and accommodation services. Students will also be able to take specialist modules such as sustainable tourism development, customer service, business travel, flight operations, transport planning and the cruise market.

John Humphreys, project leader for the Diploma in Travel and Tourism says that the substantial involvement of employers in the qualification design is what makes the Diplomas unique and robust. “This employer involvement ensures that Diploma learners effectively develop the required essential knowledge, skills and attributes for future employment in the chosen field if they so wish, but they also have the skills to continue learning at college or taking a tourism-related degree at university.
“Consequently, more school leavers will be able to make an immediate, positive contribution at work, lessening the need for basic training and induction and allow employers to focus on specialist training suited to making their business more efficient.”

Speaking at the launch which took place at Best of Britain & Ireland, Brian Wisdom, chief executive of People 1st said that continued employer engagement is critical to the success of the Diploma and called for businesses to support schools and colleges in their community by providing high quality work experience, masterclasses and other work-related activities. “It is critical for employers to engage students through quality placements. I would encourage employers who provide work placements for Diploma students to give them an inspiring experience.”

Also speaking at the launch event were ABTA chairman, John McEwan, who also chairs the steering group for the Diploma, and Institute of Travel and Tourism chairman, Steven Freudmann.

“Diploma students will have an inherent advantage over others in their applications for jobs in this rapidly professionalising industry,” said Freudmann.

To support teachers and those delivering the Diploma, People 1st and GoSkills joined forces with the Guild of Registered Blue Badge Tourist Guides to run a free ‘practitioner development’ day at BOBI.