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Thrive Programme

As an employer who passionately believes there are no barriers to entry, no limits to ambition, we are proud to be expanding our partnerships with Post- 16 Special Educational Needs (SEN) establishments across the UK.

Our Thrive programme is an expansion of our decade long partnerships with Derwen college in Oswestry, and Hereward college in Coventry, where we have a special built mini-Premier Inn hotels on site, identical in every way to an operational Premier Inn, serving as a training facility for students to gain real experience within hospitality, including everything from guest relations to housekeeping.

For some young people with Special Educational Needs, our partnerships have helped them move towards employment through supported internships – and we are proud to employ many of them in permanent roles.  For others, it has developed their confidence and they have gained skills for life; practical for whatever their bright futures hold outside of hospitality.

4 .8 %

Percentage of people with learning difficulties currently in paid employment


Our target number of supported internship placements per year

Currently the percentage of people with learning difficulties in paid employment stands at 4.8% and we understand our responsibility as a leading employer within the UK to shift this dial. To do this we hope to build new relationships with institutions around the country as we roll out our ambition to create 100 supported internship placements per year.  Therefore, we are looking to work with organisations who share the same ambition of providing vocational and social skills and paid employment opportunities for young people with disabilities and additional needs.

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Check out our latest Thrive stories:

17 Jul 2023 Brand, Opportunity


Since 2019, Hereward College, which provides study programmes, learning experiences, and award winning work placement opportunities for young people (age 16-25) with complex disabilities and learning difficulties, has been home to the UK’s smallest Premier Inn, teaching students’ valuable skills including how to run a Premier Inn of their own!

20 Jan 2020 Brand, Opportunity, Sustainability

Disabled students check-in to hospitality careers at mini premier inn

The Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health Justin Tomlinson today (Friday, January 17) checked out the UK’s most inspirational hotel.

17 Jun 2019 Opportunity, Sustainability

Minister for disabled people welcomes groundbreaking tiny hotel

Three-bed Premier Inn will help young people check-in to the work of work. The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Justin Tomlinson today (Monday, June 17) welcomes the opening of a ground-breaking miniature hotel which will help young people with additional needs get back into work. The tiny three-bedroom

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