Spiralling degree costs and mounting graduate debt saw university applications drop by 8 per cent this year – and this fall is expected to increase.
For a some students, taking advantage of further education courses on their doorstep has long provided the perfect platform to launch their careers.
Vicki Nutbrown joined Good Travel Management in Hull 13 years ago after graduating from Hull College.
She has recently been appointed operations manager at the firm, overseeing the day to day running of the Hull office.
Ms Nutbrown said: “Hull College gave me a great foundation in the travel industry and that set me up for a career with Good Travel Management.”
Now, the company has joined forces with Hull College to help create the industry professionals of the future.
The firm, in Maritime House, Kingston Street, is working with the college’s travel and tourism department to develop bespoke qualifications aimed at students wanting to get ahead in the travel industry.
Good Travel already offers work placements to Hull College students and currently employs five former students from the college at its head office in Hull – a number of whom completed work placements there before being offered a job.
Managing director Kevin Harrison said: “We have worked with Hull College for a long time, offering work placements and have recruited some good employees.
“The people we have offered jobs to as a result have all stayed with us and we are proud to have been able to give them a start in their careers.”
The new two-year qualifications are the equivalent of A levels and will be specifically tailored to business travel and Good Travel Management staff will highlight opportunities in the corporate travel industry to students via seminars and work placements.