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Hotel chain eyes apprentice boost

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 01, 2014

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A NATIONAL hotel chain is recruiting apprentices to work at its hotels in East Staffordshire.

Travelodge is hiring 80 people to join its junior management programme this year as part of a recruitment drive to boost hotels in Burton, Barton under Needwood and East Midlands Aiport.

In total, it is looking to take on more than 1,000 people during 2014 across the UK.

Known as JuMP , the junior management scheme was launched in 2011 and became the country’s first budget hotel management programme.

It has been designed to offer A-level students in Burton and South Derbyshire a fast-track into management and an alternative to university.

During the two-year scheme, schoolleavers can continue their education, get work experience, receive a salary and earn a management position by the age of 21.

JuMP recruitment will start this spring, with key locations for recruitment including Burton

Jon Hendry Pickup, chief operating officer for Travelodge, said: “Our JuMP programme is a great example of this – it provides a bespoke, fast-track route into management and offers schoolleavers a viable alternative to university.

“Over a period of two years, a JuMP apprentice will learn all aspects of operating a Travelodge hotel, while furthering their education and receiving a salary.Building careers is part of our DNA at Travelodge and we’re delighted by the way our JuMP programme is helping us to identify and develop future leaders.”

The first class of apprentices graduated in November and they are now managing Travelodge hotels across the UK.

They include Andrea Andreou who is now an assistant manager at Travelodge’s Burton hotel, located at the former Midland Grain warehouse, off Derby Road.

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