Training and Academia

The BTA's People and Talent Strategy Group have developed a strategic agenda to future proof the business travel industry through a series of initiatives designed to attract and retain the best talent in the travel industry  and to promote the business travel sector as a progressive career opportunity across multiple disciplines.

Working closely with both members and industry partners, the BTA is focusing it's activities across four strategic pillars to ensure the diversity  of opportunities in business travel are promoted, presented and communicated to as  wide an audience as possible. 

These strategic pillars are:

  • The BTA Diploma In Business Travel - Certifying an industry wide diploma in business travel.  

  • The Academic Sector - Taking business travel to universities and colleges to ensure curriculum inclusion and understanding of the business travel industry.

  • The Apprenticeship Opportunity - Working closely with People First to deliver relevant content for apprenticeships in business travel. Click here to find out more about the Travel Apprenticeships.

  • The Next Generation - Understanding the requirements of the future workforce, business traveller and embracing change.


The BTA Diploma in Business Travel is a recognised eLearning  certification of achievement across the industry. Working closely with our diploma partners Travilearn, we are setting the standards for learning and development across all business travel management disciplines with our Levels 1 - 3 diplomas. 


Our mission and objective is simple; the business travel industry should form part of the curriculum in all travel and tourism courses across colleges and universities. We are a £40 billion industry in the UK and our exposure to future talent is minimal.

We have started our mission and forged our first university partnership with Bournemouth University. We wish to engage across the country and promote our great industry. 


The BTA was an active and significant contributor to the Trailblazer initiatives in apprenticeships. Our involvement has developed in supporting apprenticeships which several of our members are using to encourage people to their businesses, ensuring they use their levy investment to develop and employ new industry talent.


Generation BTA

The future workforce and those just starting out in their careers are the sustainable future of our industry. We have created a Next Generation steering group to advise us on the aspirations and ambitions of what a millennial generation will expect from our industry. 


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'Thank you and your team for an excellent conference and making me feel so welcome, I really enjoyed the event taking a lot of useful insight from the two days, adding to my network and industry friends'

Mike Croucher
'I had such a great time and I was so impressed with the event itself.  The organisation was amazing and you and the team managed to strike that elusive balance of informative and educational whilst being relaxed and fun.  Not an easy thing to do, but you guys made it look easy!!'

Jo-Anne Lloyd
'Throughly enjoyed The BTA conference especially because it’s my first and Beyond Business Travel is the only member on the Island of Ireland. Great insights, industry experts and connections. Looking forward to next year much nearer to home'

Edel Doherty
'I just wanted to send you a note of sincere thanks for such a wonderful Industry Partners dinner at the Palace of Westminster. It really was a superb evening with excellent company in a great location'

Emma Deering
'I just wanted to congratulate you all on an excellent conference. It was really well thought out with excellent speakers and relevant and engaging topics.  I know how much planning these things take, and it was credit to you all that it looked seamless. Once again, thank you.'

Jackie Clark

'I just wanted to thank you for everything you did and to compliment you on a great 2 days. As a conference newbie I have to say I was extremely impressed'

Martin Pearce

'Just wanted to thank you for a brilliant conference.  All your hard work paid off -  it really was a success - inclusive, inspiring, informative and thoroughly enjoyable - day and evening…'

Karen McKenna
'Thank you for a really super BTA conference!  All weekend, I heard nothing but positive reviews of the conference, the organisation of it and the content.  It was really great to be a part of it and I just wanted to express my appreciation for all the hard work that I know went into it'

Maria Baty
'Many thanks for your hospitality, which was really appreciated and for a superb conference with great content. Certainly, the best I’ve been to, and such a lovely location as well. Its great you’ve got Suzanne as Chair. She’ll do a great job and no doubt with the help of your new CEO will drive the BTA on to greater things'

Ken McLeod

'Thank you so much for a wonderful event last night, great venue and great company as ever'

Paula Cullen

'Before I get immersed in tons of work I wanted to congratulate you all on a great event and thank you for making my first conference such a worthwhile one. As someone who has organised lots of these events I appreciate the work and effort that goes into them, and you all did a brilliant job'

Gary Mcleod

'I wanted to drop a quick note to say thank you for a productive and enjoyable conference. I have an idea how much effort goes into these and you pulled it off! Hope you have some downtime at some point and a wine/beer to chill and reflect on a job well done!'

Kevin Trill
'Now that the dust has settled, I just wanted to write a quick note to sincerely thank you for a superb BTA conference. I thoroughly enjoyed those few days at Powerscourt not least because the content was top notch and so too was the networking and entertainment. Thanks so much for all your hard work'

Mark Plowright
'Just a quick note to say what a great job you and the team did yesterday, it was a great event. Having organised events many times before I know there’s a direct relationship between the amount of preparation and how smoothly the event goes and I thought yesterday was proof of that. Both parts of the day were very good and I think everyone took something away'

John O'Sullivan
'I just wanted to send our huge thanks for organising the Air Matters Conference on Tuesday,Having been in the industry for nearly 36 years you tend to think that you know pretty much  all there is to know about Travel but of course that is never the case as we learn something new nearly every day in our ever changing  industry and that was certainly the case with Tuesday’s Speakers. They were all so good and knowledgeable'

Carol Newton
'Every element of the annual BTA conference at Powerscourt Estate in Ireland last year was exceptional.  It was the first time I’d attended the event and I was struck by the fantastic line up of speakers, their depth of knowledge and the very honest and open debate around issues that our industry is facing. It was a very worthwhile event to attend and highly recommended'

Helen Hodgkinson

The partnership provides valuable networking opportunities with TMC and industry partners, promotion and marketing support which assists in raising awareness of Wyndham Hotel Group brands and continued industry knowledge, guidance and planning to support business travel within the UK hotel industry. 

Daniel Norris

'I’ve been attending BTA events regularly since January 2018. I find the quality and depth of the information sharing at these meetings to be essential to help drive and shape the future direction in my business. This is not only from BTA Suppliers and Industry experts, but also my peers at other TMC’s'

Dave Bishop
'Blue Cube became a member of the BTA back in September 2017, I can honestly say since joining we have never looked back. The flow of information received by the amazing team there is invaluable, industry developments, lobbying on behalf of the trade and introductions to suppliers that wouldn’t normally  fit the mould of airline or hotelier'

Mel Phaure
'Being a member of the GTMC is of great benefit to Gray Dawes. The opportunity for networking whilst working together to represent the voice of the business traveller gives us the ability to collectively influence change in the marketplace, ensuring we have a say in the future direction of the UK corporate travel industry'

Jackie Lacey

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