The first class of apprentices from Travelodge’s budget hotel management apprenticeship programme have all graduated and joined the chain as hotel managers.
Travelodge launched its two-year Junior Managament Programme – or JuMP – the first of its kind in the sector in the UK, in April 2011. It was designed to offer A-level students an alternative to university and to support the Chancellor’s appeal for British companies to provide more high value placements to help the country’s one million out-of-work young people into employment.
The scheme means school leavers can continue their education while receiving work experience and a salary, as well as getting the opportunity to become managers by the age of 21. All the scheme’s graduates have also gained a Level Two Apprenticeship in Multi Skilled Hospitality and a Level Three Diploma (Advanced Apprenticeship) in Hospitality Supervision & Leadership.
There are more than 50 apprentices currently enrolled on the JuMP scheme across the UK and its popularity recently saw Travelodge receive over 6,000 applications for 51 placements. Due to the high demand, the company is hoping to increase its intake to 80 next year.
Jon Hendry Pickup, chief operating officer for Travelodge commented:
“We are extremely proud to see 17 JuMP apprentices graduate from the UK’s first hotel management apprenticeship programme. I expect them to be the first of many, as the calibre of our intake has been very high. They are a great example to other young people, demonstrating that you can have a successful career without going to university.
“I am sure that today is a landmark moment for our apprentices, working in a successful company and industry. I am confident that we will see them climb the career ladder at Travelodge.”