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Meet Alun Chapple, one of our eager young apprentices

Imagine spending your entire day talking about travel, and putting together people’s dream trips, while gaining qualifications and getting paid for your efforts. Meet Alun Chapple, one of young apprentices.

We know that dedication and passion are what makes a great Travel Expert (our fancy term for a sales consultant!), not necessarily qualifications and previous experience. So we’ve introduced STA Travel apprenticeships. An awesome way you can earn a living and learn about the travel industry, while gaining an NVQ and certificate in travel services (including a shed load of cool perks to boot).

Alun — yes, with a U — is 20 years old, and has joined the team in our Southampton store, after gaining a spot on the apprenticeship programme. I caught up with him to get the low-down on what he thinks of his job, and what makes him tick when it comes to travelling.

Here's Alun striking a perfect Travel Expert pose, at our store in Southampton


What’s so great about STA Travel Apprenticeships?

What were you doing before applying for this position as an STA Travel Apprentice?

I was working for an engineering company as a office administrator.

What made you decide to apply for this apprentice position?

I thought it was a really good way to get into the travel industry, with a company I have previously used to travel myself.

Alun has previously travelled to Australia, and was excited to help others realise their travelling ambitions

Have you done any travelling before?

Yes, I’ve have travelled lots around Australia, also Florida, New York and lots of Europe, too.

Where would you like to travel to in the future?

The main destinations that I really want to go to are: South Africa, the Middle East, China, New Zealand and South America, but I would pretty much go anywhere, I love to travel!

At Taronga Zoo, Australia. Just trying to blend in...

What do you enjoy most about working at STA Travel?

Completing a really good booking that the customer is really excited about is so satisfying. I get so excited for them!

What’s the best thing you’ve ever done?

Climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge. Even though it was foggy, it was just the most amazing experience, which everyone should try and do once in their lifetime if possible.

At the Sydney Harbour Bridge - and terrified!

What’s your favourite thing about your job at STA Travel?

Meeting friendly, excited customers, being able to talk about amazing worldwide destinations, and search for holidays all day!

Why do you feel passionately about travel, why would you encourage people to travel?

Seeing new sights, new cultures and new people is just amazing, there is something for everyone. It’s such a big world out there and I really believe everyone should try and see some of it.

If you've got a passion for travel and would like to know more about our apprenticeship programme, get in touch. Who knows what could happen.
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  1. Debby

    Hiya this is my dream job! I love STA and have applied twice for the apprenticeship program, was just wondering how they let you know or anyway I could track my application process? please?

    1879 days ago
    • Lisa Crowther

      Hi Debby, it’s great you have such enthusiasm around our scheme, we do try and get back to candidates asap and I am sorry you haven’t heard. Would you mind sharing the store you were applying to and your surname so our HR Team can check out what’s happening with your application and give you some feedback?

      1875 days ago
      • Debby

        It was the Birmingham store and my surname is McAllister- thank you for coming back to me :)

        1874 days ago
        • Lisa Crowther

          Thanks Debby, I’ve passed this on to our HR team and someone should get back to you soon

          1873 days ago
  2. Debby

    Thank you Lisa :)

    1873 days ago
  3. marina

    Hi..would you take someone on an STA travel apprenticeship who has a little bit of flight reservation experience? Also, i read the schemes last from 12-18 months…whats the difference between the two durations?

    Thank you very much :)

    1870 days ago
    • About six months, Marina ;)

      The time difference really depends on how long it takes you to complete the apprenticeship.

      You will join us as a paid Travel Expert, and remain with us beyond the 12-18 months it will take you to complete your Apprenticeship.

      1866 days ago
  4. Emma

    Hi there,
    I’ve been trying to find a way to get in touch with someone about the apprenticeship I applied for as well but I haven’t heard anything back at all so far.
    Was wondering if anyone could help me out with a phone number or an email address so that I can find out what is happening in regards to my application.
    Thanks!
    Emma

    1869 days ago
  5. marina

    LOL @ Ant! Thanks for your reply…

    Ive applied aswell a week ago, still waiting for a reply, fingers crossed :)

    1864 days ago