Whitbread earmarks £6m for industry apprentice drive

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Whitbread today announced its commitment to creating more than 6,000 apprenticeships by 2020, including the launch of a brand new apprenticeship scheme for Costa.

To deliver this pledge, the hospitality group plans to take on around 1,200 apprentices across its Premier Inn, Costa and restaurant brands each year.

The Premier Inn apprenticeship scheme has been running since 2010 and has successfully delivered over 1,100 apprenticeships to date with a further 950 trainees currently working towards their apprenticeship.

The new Costa Apprenticeships programme will provide an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Customer Service and Barista Skills and will open for applications in Summer 2015.

Andy Harrison, CEO of Whitbread, said: “Our 45,000 team members are our greatest asset and it’s vital we invest in them, creating opportunities to develop their skills and build their careers. We will commit £5.7m to our apprenticeship programmes over the next five years. I firmly believe that investing in apprenticeships is essential to Whitbread’s future success and to the health of the UK economy, as well as helping the next generation to achieve their full potential.”

Whitbread says its commitment to apprenticeships has already led to real success stories, with 34% of apprentices gaining a promotion within 15 months and 95% of them moving to management positions within the same time frame. Apprentices are also 45% more likely to stay with the company than non-apprentices.

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