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Sports, Tourism, Hospitality & Customer Service
- Employers within the industry look for the following skills: Communication skills, adaptability, team working, customer handling skills, willingness to work unsociable hours
- Over 2.7 million people are employed in hospitality and tourism in the UK, which is around 10% of the workforce. This is across more than 220,000 different sized organisations.
- Hospitality has grown to become Britain’s 4th largest industry, delivering £53 billion annually to the economy.
- Parkwood Leisure, Bannatyne and UK Sport are some of the main sport and leisure employers in the country.
|Accommodation manager||£17,000- £40,000|
|Business Travel Management Consultant||£15,000 – £45,000|
|Event Organiser||£18,000 – £70,000|
|Event Operations Manager with a language||£30,000 – £40,000|
|Holiday Representative||£450 – £500 per month|
|Sponsorship Development Manager||£30,000 – £42,000|
|Air Cabin Crew||£14,500 – £20,000|
|Outdoor Pursuits Manager||£35,000 – £40,000|
|Sports & Exercise Psychologist||£21,000 – £48,000|
|Fitness Centre Manager||£17,000 – £40,000|
|Dietitian||£21,200 – £27,600|
|Sport Development Officer||£18,000 – £29,000|
|PE Teacher||£21,600 – £31,500|
|Sports Coach||£21,600 – £31,500|
|Physiotherapist||£21,200 – £27,600|
Annual figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred and weekly figures to the nearest full pound. Source: www.prospects.ac.uk
- The hospitality industry has so far pledged over 30,000 jobs for young people between now and 2015 – with many more to come (British Hospitality Association)
- Graduates are being sought to help improve standards within the hospitality sector, with graduate training schemes offered by large organisations such as Marriott hotels, Nando’s, Carluccio’s and Macdonald Hotels, more information can be found on their websites.
- For those pursuing events management, work experience and strong networking skills are paramount.
- Speculative applications can be very useful when seeking employment with small to medium enterprises (SMEs). This is due to smaller businesses not always having the budget for recruitment, leaving many vacancies left unadvertised.
Emily Turner studied Travel and Tourism at Blackpool Sixth before progressing on to UCLAN where she gained a first Class Honours Degree in International Tourism Management. She now works for Disney Cruise Line as a Guest Services Manager.
- The Arena- The Hospitality Network www.arena.org.uk
- Association of Event Organisers http://www.aeo.org.uk
- People 1st for Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism www.people1st.co.uk
- Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) www.abta.com
- Institute of Travel and Tourism www.itt.co.uk
- Careers in Sport www.careers-in-sport.co.uk
- Sport England www.sportengland.org/
- UK Sport www.uksport.gov.uk
- Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) www.tass.gov.uk
- Graduate Jobs in Sport http://www.graduatejobsinsport.co.uk
- Leisure Jobs http://www.leisurejobs.com
- Skills Active http://www.skillsactive.com
Sources: Prospects.ac.uk, BHA Annual Review 2012/13 and www.skillsactive.com.
- Customer Service Management
This will lead to a wide variety of careers in the service industries such as retail manager, customer services advisors, front-of-ahouse managers. We recommend BTEC Level in Travel and Tourism (Triple) or the double course plus A Level Business Studies or BTEC Business (Single).
- International Travel Management
This will lead to careers including holiday representatives, tour managers, cabin crew and international event operations managers and hotel management. You will study BTEC Level 3 in Travel and Tourism (Triple or Double). If you take the double option then one of the following would be a particularly good choice to include in your study programme: A Level Business Studies (or BTEC Level 3 Business Single) with one further course, an A level languages (French, German or Spanish).
- Sports Coaching and Fitness Development
Those interested in careers in sports coaching, instructing or teaching should consider this pathway. Roles as a sports development officer, outdoor pursuits manager or sports administrator are also possible career options. This route will also interest those considering becoming a personal trainer. You will study BTEC Level 3 in Sport (Performance and Excellence) (Triple. You will also take part in the Community Sports Leaders Award and work experience.
- Sports Science and Therapy
This will lead to further training and employment in roles such as a dietician, sport and exercise psychologist and a sport teacher or lecturer. You will study BTEC Level 3 in Sport and Exercise Science (Double) with another course, possibly including a BTEC Level 3 Applied Science course or A Level Psychology. You will take part in the Community Sports Leaders Award and work experience.
- Tourism and Hospitality
Roles as a tourism officer, travel agency manager, business travel consultant, accommodation manager, event organiser and hotel management are example career destinations for this route. You will study BTEC Level 3 in Travel and Tourism (Triple).