Dreaming of a job that pays you to travel? You can go far by doing an apprenticeship.
There are many career paths that will take you across the world but we’ve selected our favourite top 10 jobs that will give you the opportunity to travel, and also can be achieved through an apprenticeship. Bonus!
In some cases, you will need to study a Higher Apprenticeship (Level 3 upwards) to gain the necessary qualifications to land your career. The most important thing to remember is that you should enjoy the journey you take and make the most out of every bit of experience you get.
Without further ado, check out the list we’ve compiled below – if after reading, you envision sitting in the Bahamas, you might decide to apply for an apprenticeship today….
Working as a chef is a highly skilled, practical career-path. Chefs are needed in every food establishment, from local pubs to silver service Michelin Star restaurants.
Before culinary school came along, the most common route into becoming a chef was to take up an apprenticeship. Some of the most famous names in the industry gained experience with on-the-job training, such as Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay. With this apprenticeship, you will gain the practical experience needed to progress, as well as the theory behind the delicious dishes you will create.
Becoming an overseas chef is very exciting but has its own challenges on the way there. You may find yourself getting temporary, contracted placements such as cruise ships, holiday resorts, and summer camps which are great starting points. For a long-term career, you may be recruited to work in a restaurant kitchen abroad or you could put your entrepreneur hat on and try opening your own restaurant in another country (after lots of research and experience beforehand).
- Beauty Therapy
Whether its hair or makeup, beauty is universal. As a make-up artist you would apply make-up and style hair for anyone appearing in front of a camera or a live audience. You may work in film, television, theatre, concerts, photographic sessions or fashion shows, and you could travel globally based on the work you are doing e.g. on tour with a music artist.
You will need to do a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Beauty Therapy / Hairdressing and gain experience in media makeup, such as amateur theatre student film, theatre and photography projects, charity or student fashion shows, and working with established make-up artists and photographers.
- Coaching & Personal Trainer
There are around 1.1 million coaches currently in the UK across schools, youth clubs, leisure centres and sports clubs. The demand for competent, qualified sports coaches has risen because of the popularity of sports in the UK.
To become a personal trainer, you would normally be an experienced fitness instructor with a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Coaching, Fitness Instructing or Personal Training. The most common route is getting experience at local gyms, assisting personal trainers, or coaching children to then go onto complete the necessary qualification. You can choose which area you want to specialise in, whether it be football, basketball, athletics, etc and once you’re fully qualified, you can be self-employed and work anywhere you want, as long as you know there is demand.
- Travel Representative
There is a wide variety of careers within the travel and tourism industry and it is perfect for those with a keen interest in travel, but working in this sector requires hard work, excellent customer service skills, and a firm grasp on product knowledge. You can do a Level 2 or 3 Apprenticeship in Travel Services and select a pathway that suits you.
After an apprenticeship, there are opportunities to progress to managerial roles within your organisation. There will likely be the opportunity for you to work abroad as resort staff such as a tour guide or holiday representative.
- Fashion Technologist
The fashion and textiles sector covers the supply chain from the processing of raw materials to product manufacture, to wholesale and trading activities and after-sales servicing of products.
The Level 3 Fashion & Textiles Apprenticeship trains you in technical, practical skills and you’ll specialise in one of the below:
- leather goods
If you’re interested in the technicalities in clothing, you can become a Garment Technologist, where you will be involved in choosing production fabric and the design, as well as sizing, fitting and testing the clothing. You can work pretty much anywhere to do this, as long as you have the skills.
- Au Pair
If you love children and want a classic way to travel, learn a language and experience a new culture, working as an au pair is right for you. Au pairs are needed all over the world and work is often part time, allowing you to travel in between periods.
Some experience in childcare is beneficial but a personality match and positive attitude will be far more of a deal maker when searching for a family. You can do a Level 2 or 3 Apprenticeship in Childcare to gain initial experience and prepare yourself for future jobs.
- Hotel Manager
The hospitality trade is one of the biggest employment sectors, and needs 855,000 new staff by 2017 to replace those leaving the industry.
There are some stunning hotels across the world that you could work in. To work in a hotel abroad, it helps if you know another language aside from English (or if you are fluent in the language of the country you want to work in).
You can become a hotel manager by starting in a junior position through a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Hospitality and work your way up to a managerial position with a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Hospitality Management.
- Air Host / ess
The Cabin Crew Apprenticeship is designed for anyone interested in becoming an air cabin crew member. Air cabin crew make sure passengers are safe and comfortable for the duration of their flight and are trained to deal with a wide range of security and emergency situations.
With budget airlines, you will rarely leave the destination airport (due to short-haul flights) so if you’re hoping for long layovers in exotic locations, upon completing your apprenticeship, apply to a major airline such as British Airways. You may be able to spend days on a Thai beach or explore the Great Wall of China.
Customer service experience, fluent English and the ability to swim 25m are essential. Once you’ve gained your qualification, you can find jobs advertised directly by the airlines who also provide about six weeks of training.
Becoming a publicist is a good career path for those look for an exciting, fast-paced opportunity to work with distinguished individuals and companies, and requires strong communication skills, personable character and an understanding of the media.
Within the Public Relations (PR) Higher Apprenticeship, the nature of the work will depend on your employer but you will learn the foundations of PR and can work your way up by getting experience with an agency or being a PR officer for a brand.
Depending on the type of publicist you want to be, you could end up living in another country as representing a brand, or celebrity (public image) is a 24/7 job.
- Events Coordinator
It is important to gain practical experience in helping to organise a variety of events to progress in the events industry, such as hotel conferencing and banqueting, cultural events, travel and tourism, public relations, and music and live entertainment.
The Live Events & Promotion Apprenticeship involves everything to do with putting on a show or event from promoting the event to staging it. By doing Level 2, you will train in administrative / support roles such as helping the stage and venue crew, event boking etc. To have more responsibility, you can continue onto Level 3 and train as a music / events promotion assistant or an events officer / coordinator.
There are ample opportunities to travel in the world of live events, with concerts, shows and gigs taking place all over the world where you will be required to assist on tour.
If you need any advice on your career pathway, or want to know more about apprenticeships that can lead to travelling, please email us at OpportunitySutton@Sutton.gov.uk and we’ll sort you out!