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A Guide To Tourism Training

Jun 30, 2008
The travel and tourism industry, in recent years become one of the most popular courses and career choices for many people. This is a competitive career path to follow and only the most ambitious and passionate candidates are successful. This was kick-started by Thomas Cook in 1841, when they were arranging package trips from Leicester to Loughborough. Since then the travel industry has expanded tenfold and has now become one of the biggest industries in the world.

Taking tourism training can consist of on the job training or a long-term studying plan. Most jobs require the candidate to have had some training qualifications under their belt before they start working for them, to save time from training new employees from scratch. Those with different languages to offer are more likely to be taken on, as the tourism profession are in need of people with language skills.

Some companies offer training to staff allowing them to gain some qualifications whilst working within the company. Tourism training does not necessarily have to be exclusive to colleges, universities or any other classroom setting. However, other companies use a number of other types of training techniques, such as the following training opportunities.

* Training on the job, either by following another member of staff or being mentored by your employer.
* Training while working with an assistant through an NVQ course.
* Going through a modern apprenticeship - this can often lead to a fulltime permanent position
* Studying for a course through an external agency, whilst still employed.
* Studying a tourism training course at your local college.
* Studying for a distance learning course from home, so you are able to work and train at the same time if you are not able to get training opportunities through a tourism company.

The above methods of training will guarantee an accredited qualification in tourism training, however, some companies may not offer accredited certification and you may end up being qualified to work for only one company. This could change for anyone looking to break into the tourism industry, as it may take a number of years before you find yourself in the position that you want to be in.

People who opt to work in the tourism industry will find that they will need to work with customers, so you must enjoy being a people person and communicating with customers on a regular basis.
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Anna Stenning is an expert on tourism training having researched in this field in the past.
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