Link Travel establishes internship program

New pact with Flight Centre Travel Academy to address industry recruitment & retention

Flight Centre Travel Academy graduates of 2021 | Source: Flight Centre Travel Academy/Facebook

Link Travel Group – the joint venture between Flight Centre Travel Group, Goldman Group and Spencer Group of Companies – is addressing the travel industry’s stress point of quality staff recruitment and retention, launching a new recruitment initiative. In partnership with the Flight Centre Travel Academy, Link Travel Group member agency’s recruits and candidates will be able to study part-time and work-part time under a new two-year internship.

Links says the “ground-breaking initiative” aspires to lure and train the “next-generation of travel advisors and industry leaders”.

The internship will provide a “well-rounded, hands-on-learning experience” for interns with their assigned agency.

At the end of their internship, candidates will receive their university-level diploma of Travel & Tourism and a role within a Link Travel Group agency.

Graduates celebrate | Credit: Emily Ranquist/Pexels

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Link Travel Group members will have the ability to hand-select dedicated and enthusiastic candidates from cities all across Australia. Through this unique initiative, Link Travel Group agency leaders will have the ability to train and nurture these candidates, empowering them to become high-performing travel professionals.

“Staff recruitment and retention has been a headache for everyone in the industry in recent times and we wanted to find a solution,” said Scott Darlow, General Manager, Link Travel Group.

“Through this internship program, Link Travel Group member agencies will not only be able to bring on new staff, they will also be able to build select candidates up to a high-performance level, aligned with their existing agency objectives.”

“Candidates will get the best of both worlds: A highly sought-after university-level diploma, courtesy of the Flight Centre Travel Academy, and cutting-edge, on-the-job training in some of the nation’s most preeminent travel agencies,” Darlow said.

Founding members of Link Travel Group - Scott Darlow, GM Link Travel Group; Anthony Goldman, The Goldman Group; Danielle Galloway, FTCG and Penny Spencer, Spencer Group of Companies.

Anthony Goldman, Director of Link Travel Group said nearly all of the current member agencies are keen to participate in the program.

“We’re delighted, but not surprised by their enthusiasm as all our members share a commitment to the future of the travel industry.”

“Industry leadership is one of the core pillars of Link Travel Group and this internship program is exactly that. It shows leadership by our members as we strive to create the next generation of travel advisors and leaders.

“As an agency owner myself and a Director of Link, I can’t wait to welcome highly motivated, enthusiastic candidates into Goldman Group offices around the country and I’m excited about the prospect of watching their development into the future,” Goldman added.

Since its launch in May of this year, Link has continued to grow from strength to strength, welcoming distinguished travel agencies into its invitation-only member group.

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