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New graduate scheme for TUI UK & Ireland

TUI UK & Ireland is to launch a graduate leadership scheme in October.

The parent company of Thomson and First Choice plans to give graduate recruits exposure to the entire business to develop the leaders of the future.

In the first graduate scheme since the companies merged in 2007, the firm will take on 10 graduates who will work across the business over 15 months in core business areas including airline, distribution, marketing, overseas, cruise, retail and e-commerce.

Sue Chatfield, head of HR services at TUI UK & Ireland, said: "This programme brings something unique to the graduate job market. It's a leadership programme, where the graduates will get solid business experience, but in the travel sector rather than in finance or law. The travel industry is fast paced and exciting, and by rotating around different areas of the business both in the UK and overseas the graduates will be able to experience that."

TUI's commercial director David Burling added: "I started out as a grad at Thomson 20 years ago and spent time in different divisions where I really got to grips with the business. While for most of my career I have been in the commercial side of things, spending time overseas and in different parts of the business has given me a much greater understanding of what we, as a company are trying to achieve."