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Derwen College and Premier Inn

At Whitbread, we are committed to championing the employment of underrepresented groups. This means making sure that everyone has an opportunity to work with us, no matter who they are or where they’re from.

Derwen College works with young people with learning difficulties and disabilities. It provides inspirational learning, development and care to enable the achievement of aspirations which transform lives. Focusing on employability through the teaching of vocational skills, it helps with the development of independent living and social competences.

In 2013, one of Premier Inn’s Area Manager’s was approached by Derwen College to support a student with a work experience placement in a Premier Inn hotel site. Proving a success, we realised the incredible potential of these students and saw an opportunity to facilitate more work experience placements. Working alongside Novus Property Solutions, we built a Premier Inn training centre complete with a reception, four bedrooms and laundry room on site, all while providing our industry standard training for the students.

One year on from the opening of the training facility, it has positively impacted over 100 Derwen students and seen over 36 students through the training programme with many now employed in our hotels.

To celebrate the fantastic partnership with Premier Inn, Derwen College hosted our first annual ‘Awareness day’ for hotel managers from across our business to learn about, discuss and find out how to get involved in the partnership.

Take a look at the video to see how it went:

 

Premier Inn & Derwen College

Awareness Day