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At Whitbread, we firmly believe that there should be ‘no barriers to entry and no limits to ambition’. There are not many sectors where you can go from your first job to running a million pound business in just a few years. We have numerous examples where our team members have grown from starting out as a Barista, Receptionist or Kitchen Team Member, to running their own store, hotel, or restaurant, and it doesn’t stop there.
We invest £12 million every year on training our teams and we have a number of programmes across our brands, which focus on employment opportunities, training and development.
We are proud to feature as a leading example of best practice in partnerships and campaigns. Here are a few examples of how we are making a difference:
We partner with People 1st, which was announced as one of the seven projects launched as part of the UK Futures Programme, created by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, aiming to boost the careers of low paid workers in retail and hospitality sectors.
Whitbread was a launch partner in Business in the Community’s “Future Proof” initiative – a campaign to help businesses break down the barriers in their recruitment processes and create quality accessible jobs for all young people.
We support the Department of Work and Pensions ‘See Potential’ campaign, providing jobs and training opportunities to people, regardless of their background.
Whitbread’s partnership with JobCentre Plus was further enhanced in 2015 by the launch of Hospitality Works – a national initiative led by The British Hospitality Association in partnership with Department for Work and Pensions. This initiative aims to promote opportunities to suitable jobseekers; enhancing recruiter’s knowledge to find the right people; and linking future workers into locally available training.
In 2015, Whitbread and the CBI published research that found positive trends in the way that today’s school leavers approach and plan their careers – in particular, their levels of research, amount of ambition and take up of work experience schemes. The research highlighted the critical role for business in supporting school leavers as they transition into careers and urged all employers to step up their investment in providing work experience and careers information.
Premier Inn has worked in partnership with Derwen College since 2013. Derwen provide training for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities aged from 16 to 25, giving them vital independence skills and preparing them for the workplace. Premier Inn provides the students of Derwen College with training and work experience opportunities at our local hotels.
We will deliver 7,500 Work Experience Placements, helping pupils and students (aged 14-18 years old) get to know more about work
We will deliver 6,500 structured Work Placements, supporting people not in education, employment or training to get into work
We will deliver 5,000 Apprenticeships