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Our Graduate Programme

Join our Graduate Programme and enjoy superb training and professional development, responsibility from day one, great benefits and a fantastic company culture.

Why work for us?

At Whitbread, we can offer you personal and professional development, as well as sound training in your chosen career. We will give you a structured welcome into our organisation to help you settle in quickly and then start your professional development straight away. Unlike some graduate schemes, we give you a real role with real responsibility and accountability from day one, so you can make a strong contribution to our business success from the start.

Graduate benefits

As we only recruit a small number of graduates each year we can guarantee that you’ll be noticed. You’ll not only get day-to-day support from your line manager, but also advice and support from your senior mentor, and all the management development we offer.

Plus we offer a relaxed and open working environment, a fantastic company culture, and benefits:

  • Starting salary of £22,000 to £26,000, depending on the department you join
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • BUPA healthcare
  • A Whitbread Privilege Card (gives you 25% off at all Whitbread brands)
  • 10% bonus scheme
  • Sharesave scheme (SAYE)
  • 25 days holiday

Premier Inn Operations Graduate Scheme

Join Premier Inn as a Graduate and play an important part in taking our business from success to legendary!

Our industry leading 1 year Graduate programme offers you the opportunity to grow and develop into the next generation of high potential Operation Managers.


Whitbread has been recognised in the Sunday Times Best Big Companies to work for in the UK list and the Britian's Top Employer list for three consecutive years. It is our 16,000 strong team at Premier Inn that makes it the place it is today and why we are able to make our guests feel brilliant through a great night’s sleep!

Premier Inn will double the size of  it's business over the next 5 yrs, opening 1 hotel every 10 days creating 100’s of management opportunities across the UK and internationally. We are proud to share with you that 80% of our Management opportunities are placed internally, an attractive proposition I am sure you would agree.

Premier Inn can offer you the opportunity to take real responsibility from the start, by joining us straight into a management role. On successfully completing your raduate programme, your aim will be to strive for the role of an Operations Manager, whereby you will have the opportunity to lead, inspire and drive a team to deliver a great guest experience in your very own site.


Our aim is to create brilliant experiences for our Graduates to achieve the very best they can. 

You will be catapulted on a journey through a combination of:

•       first-class mentoring sessions from senior managers within our Operations and HR teams

•       fast track management development programmes

•       specialist workshops to develop business management, leadership and key hospitality skills

•       high profile networking events with guest speakers and business leaders

•       business projects to shape the future of our company

•       knowledge from the experts in specialist support centre roles

On your journey you will not be alone! Your Line Manager and a Mentor, who will have previously experienced the programme, will support you and your fellow graduates across the UK giving you the opportunity to share experiences, attend courses and work on projects together.

So, are you looking for an employer who will believe in you and support you, inspire you and challenge you, really stretch your thinking, an employer who will play a part in setting you up for success to become our future leaders? Look no further . . . . .


We value students with great behaviours, motivation and drive over experience . . . 

We are looking for an individual who has a passion towin, a drive to motivate, can inspire and lead a team,an aspiration to accomplish the very best, whilstdemonstrating the ability be confident andcommitted to succeeding in the hospitality industry.

Graduate Finance Scheme

Get real responsibility in a business-critical role, providing commercial analysis from day one.
We’ve undergone a dramatic transformation over the last five years, streamlining our businesses and refocusing our vision. This transformation means big investment, and with our sales soaring and businesses growing, we need the very best talent to help translate the numbers and drive our success forward.

So, we’re looking for graduates with exceptional talent and a passion for winning.


As a finance graduate you’ll have real responsibility in a business-critical role from day one on the job. You’ll be instrumental in providing commercial analysis that will inform and influence our strategic management decisions. Whether you join Costa Coffee, Premier Inn Hotels and Restaurants or our Group finance division, you can be sure that your career will be varied, fast-paced and challenging. We’ll give you full study support and financial cover for the CIMA qualification and a clearly defined career path: our most successful graduates step into our most high-level, influential roles within three years.


Right from your very first day, you’ll develop a thorough grounding in financial accounting and commercial analytical skills. And you’ll be mentored throughout your career by one of our strategic leaders in finance. You’ll get limitless support and advice to help you fast track your career the way you want to. Whether you choose to specialise in retail, hospitality or corporate finance, we can offer you a range of opportunities unlike any other UK company. We’ll always work with you to identify your next promotion, and exactly how to get there.

Graduate HR Scheme

Our exceptional 2 year rotational scheme will provide you with the opportunity to experience various aspects of our HR functions such as Resourcing, Talent Management, Employment Policy, Reward, and Learning & Development. The areas are tailored for the individual and will potentially provide you with both UK and International HR experience.

Our scheme will provide you with the opportunity to work with some of the best loved hospitality brands such as Premier Inn, Costa Coffee and Beefeater, and will provide you with key insights into our UK and International businesses. As an analytical, innovative and influential graduate you will gain the knowledge, skills and expertise to become an influential HR Business Partner, shaping our future facing global people strategy and guiding key stakeholders through complex HR issues.


  • First-class mentoring  and support from senior leaders
  • Build and gain essential skills and knowledge
  • Personal and professional development
  • Full support towards your CIPD qualification (Advanced Level 7 Diploma)

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for the future leaders of our business, and it’s important to us that you’ve proven you want to be world-class. You’ll have, or be on track for, a 2:1 or above. You’ll also have at least 300 UCAS points (280 UCAS Points for the HR scheme) across three A-Levels. Personality’s also important: we’re looking for dynamic, ambitious graduates with fantastic people skills.


Graduate Profile

Richard Harrison

Analyst, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants, Whitbread Court, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire

Richard is a member of our Finance Graduate scheme who supports our standalone estate, making sure our site accounts are a true picture of their performance. He says: “I think being passionate about the brands is important to perform in your role to the best of your ability. A lack of understanding or belief in what the company sells or where the company wants to take itself will never lead to you achieving the best you can. Visiting various sites, both in a work and social context, has been key to building this passion and understanding on what the sites are trying to achieve and provide for their customers; pushing me to endeavour to support them where I can in my role.

There is certainly a culture of one supportive team and togetherness throughout the various Whitbread functions; something I hadn’t experienced before at a previous company. I feel there is the ability and space to develop in your role and make it your own; you’re pushed to put your own stamp on what you do and are recognised when you do. Every company will sell the line that you are given 'real responsibility' in your role, but it is easy to question whether all firms will follow through on this. I can honestly say that I have been given this responsibility right from the word go; supporting 60+ general managers at site within my first couple of weeks was quite a challenge. I’ll always suggest Premier Inn to my friends and family if they are looking for a hotel, and as a family we’ve always used the Beefeater brand, but I’ve introduced them to their other restaurant brands as alternatives as well. My girlfriend found the Costa Club card a great addition to her purse and now is a regular customer in the mornings. As I’m based in the head office, it can be quite difficult to establish a link between how I can impact Whitbread’s customers sitting at my desk. I feel the best way I can help our customers is to perform my role of supporting our general managers at site as efficiently and as quickly as possible. This way they can spend more time on the shop floor, interacting with the customer, rather than in the back office worrying about the numbers. I always strive to go that extra mile in the work that I do.”

Application process

If you cannot see any graduate schemes advertised as open for applications, you can register your interest by signing up for speculative graduate opportunities under job reference WG0656. We will then email you as soon as recruitment opens for any of our graduate programmes.

To apply for any of our graduate schemes you must complete an online application form, telling us a little more about you and why you are interested in our scheme.

If we take your application forward, we will invite you to take some online ability tests, usually to demonstrate your level of verbal reasoning and numeracy.

If you reach the required, standard we will invite you to meet with us at our offices in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire. You will normally meet a senior manager in the function you have applied for, plus an HR manager.

We will find out more about you and your experiences at university, as well as give you the opportunity to see where you might work and find out more about us.

The final stage in our application process is an assessment centre.

Good luck with your application!


Our new Internship programme is for people either just finishing studying for A Levels and waiting to start university or people who are in their first year of university and looking to develop an external opportunity during the summer break. The role is a 12 week long placement within various departments, such as Finance, HR, IS, Property and Maintenance, Energy and Environment, Group Finance and Commercial, Marketing and Digital. The recruitment process starts in January and the internship starts in the Support Centre in June. There will be a full induction into the position and key measured duties to cover during the internship, which are normally project related. The role is designed to give people a good insight into working for a commercial company. It also gives you and us the chance to consider future career opportunities with Whitbread, such as the Graduate programme. You will receive a small allowance per week to help with travel expenses and other associated costs. The role will be advertised on the eat.sleep.drink website at the appropriate time for the next intake.