Travelodge launched management apprenticeship progamme for school leavers
Today, the hotel chain has launched the UK’s first budget hotel management apprenticeship programme for school leavers and is looking for its first 50 apprentices.
The scheme, called JuMP (Junior Management Programme), is a fast-track route into management and offers A-level students, aged 18 plus, an alternative to going to university.
It will mean they can continue their education, obtain work experience, receive a salary and become a manager by the age of 21, earning in total between £25,000 to £30,000 from training to graduation.
Guy Parsons, Travelodge chief executive, said: “Our nationwide JuMP programme offers school leavers an alternative career choice to going to a university.
“The fast-track management programme provides a real job, with the opportunity of on-the-job training throughout the business, combined with further education and the opportunity to earn up to £30,000.
“This is in contrast to going to university and graduating with a debt of £43,224 and facing an overcrowded jobs market.
“We are the UK’s fastest-growing hotel brand and we have an aggressive growth target to have 1,100 hotels by 2025.
“To fuel this strategy our JuMP programme will provide a pipeline of management talent and I am aiming that 45% of our new hotels will be managed by our Travelodge apprentices by 2015.”
With almost one million 18-24 year olds currently out of work, schemes like this are crucial to give young people hope for the future. Guysaid: “The unemployment figure is only going to get higher, unless more British companies explore career opportunities within their business to target this group.