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Travel & Tourism - Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship

Course Type: Apprenticeships Start Date: April 2019 Duration: Up to 18 months Qualification: Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Travel Services Awarding Body: EDEXCEL

Why this apprenticeship?

These qualifications are aimed at those working or seeking to start a career in travel services. They can  be taken whilst in the workplace to allow hands on experience as learners train. The specialist pathway being offered is Tour Operators – Head Office.

This course at the MET offers the specialist pathway: Tour Operators – Head Office. Potential job roles include tour manager, tourist guide, and travel agent, as well as progression from Level 3 to HNC/D in Travel & Tourism Management. 

Entry requirements

Equivalent to two A-level passes.

This programme requires the learner to already be working in a first line management role. 

Advanced Apprentices work towards a qualification/skill such as an NVQ/Diploma Level 3, Functional Skills and technical diploma. To start this programme you should ideally have five GCSEs (grade 9-4/A*-C) or have completed an apprenticeship at Level 2 and been assessed to progress to Level 3.

Why choose an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to gain a nationally recognised qualification and valuable skills whilst working. We are a major provider of apprenticeships in the South East, helping employers to find the right apprentice for their business or upskill existing employees, and supporting individuals to succeed. 

Course content

This course will support you to achieve: 

  • Contribute to maintaining the quality of travel and tourism operations
  • Monitor procedures to safely control work operations
  • Employment rights and responsibilities in the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism sector
  • Monitor and solve customer service problems
  • Sell travel-related products and services 
  • Sell multi-sector air travel

Course content

How much will I earn?

Apprenticeships are paid training schemes. You will learn and earn at the same time. 

Wages will vary depending on the type of apprenticeship, but there is a national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK which applies to all 16 – 18 year olds and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their studies. From April 2018, this is £3.70 per hour and from April 2019 it will increase to £3.90 per hour. However, the MET encourages employers to pay at a higher hourly rate. After a year, all apprentices need to be paid the minimum wage for their age. For more information please see the Government NMW web page.

How long does an apprenticeship take?

An apprenticeship can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level and subject area. As a guide, an Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship usually takes around 12 to 18 months and an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship around 18 to 24 months.

What might my working hours be?  

Apprentices are required to have a minimum of 30 contracted hours with an employer who will agree working patterns. Expect 20% of your contracted time to be dedicated to your apprenticeship training.

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