American-themed restaurant chain TGI Fridays has revealed that it has received more than 20,000 applications to join the business in the last year.
Exactly 20,332 applications were submitted to join the TGI Fridays UK team in the last twelve months, leading to the company providing 350 careers and the promise of 150 more to come as it secures a further six locations across the UK this year alone.
Headed up by UK CEO Karen Forrester, the iconic brand celebrated its 30th anniversary in March, with the first ever UK Fridays launching in Birmingham on Hagley Road in 1986.
Since the opening of the legendary Hagley Road branch, Fridays has built a further 75 restaurants in the UK, serving up delicious food and expertly–created cocktails to millions of Fridays fans across the country. Starting with Walsall in February, followed by Newcastle’s Metrocentre, Stevenage and most recently Brighton Marina, Fridays is set to open another two restaurants by the end of the year in Bournemouth and a second in Newcastle.
Rather than offering jobs, TGI Fridays offers careers and employs team members that become part of a close-knit Fridays Family. The interview process is also unique, with Fridays’ hopefuls auditioning for their chosen role before showcasing their talents and learning all about the brand in a series of fun and creative sessions.
Those filling the new management positions will undergo industry-leading training at the company’s renowned ‘Fridays Training Academy of Excellence’, based at Fridays HQ in Luton. All new Managers-in-Training (MITs) go through a 12-week training process, which sees them spend nine weeks in the Academy of Excellence, and a further three weeks in their home restaurant, where they embed themselves into the business supported by a buddy. Last year saw 51 days of training through the programme, with 127 managers since last July continually developed via the courses, homework and on-going projects.
The leadership team also organises various activities which show employees how important they are to the business and to celebrate the exceptional work done across the country for Fridays. This includes Food Fight – where different restaurants are measured against each other on their great food scores, receiving a culinary day to nurture their passion for food. In addition, there’s the brand’s Legends event – where team members are recognised by their peers for going above and beyond.
Dawn Cheetham, head of culture and development at TGI Fridays UK, said: “We’re extremely proud to have continued our expansion of TGI Fridays throughout 2016, our landmark 30th year in the brand’s UK history, allowing us to bring the fun, unique Fridays atmosphere to more guests across the country.
“Our people are the beating heart of our business, and so we’re delighted to be creating almost 500 careers this year right across the UK.”