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Travel agent

Alternative titles for this job include Travel consultant

Travel agents find and book flights, accommodation and holiday packages for business and leisure customers.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter

to

£34,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on a rota

How to become

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How to become Travel agent

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

College

You could do course in travel and tourism to give you some of the knowledge and skills needed for this job.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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Apprenticeship

You could apply to do a Travel Consultant Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

This takes around one year to complete, and combines work experience in a travel business with learning through a training provider.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

You can start as a trainee travel agent and receive on-the-job training from your employer.

There are no set entry requirements, but a good general standard of education is expected. Some employers may ask for English and maths GCSEs or equivalent. Good geographical knowledge will also be helpful.

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Career tips

It may help if you have customer service experience and can speak a second language.

Further information

You can find out more about careers and training in travel from the Institute of Travel & Tourism.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • administration skills
  • active listening skills
  • persuading skills
  • a desire to help people
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a travel agent you would:

  • talk to customers to understand what they need
  • help customers find a package holiday or plan independent travel
  • make bookings and payments online
  • advise customers about passports, insurance, visas, vaccinations, tours and vehicle hire
  • inform customers of changes like cancelled flights
  • arrange refunds and handle complaints
  • meet sales targets and report to head office

Working environment

You could work at a store or in a contact centre.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With training and experience, there may be opportunities to progress into senior travel roles like:

  • assistant manager or manager
  • branch or call centre manager
  • operations director
  • regional director

You could also move into other careers in the travel sector, like tour operating or become self employed.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Travel Consultant Apprentice

  • Wage: £12,313.60 a year Annually
  • Location: Cannock

TUI Retail Apprentice

  • Wage: £10,824 a year Annually
  • Location: Horsham

Courses In England

Travel and Tourism Diploma

  • Provider: LUTON SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
  • Start date: 05 September 2024
  • Location: Luton

DIPLOMA IN TRAVEL & TOURISM

  • Provider: NORTHAMPTON COLLEGE
  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: DAVENTRY

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