Premier Inn hopes to create 8,000 new jobs by 2018

Budget hotel chain Premier Inn has revealed that it is hoping to create 8,000 new hospitality jobs over the next five years, half of which will be targeted at 16-24-year-olds who are unemployed.

The Whitbread-owned chain has revealed that it will achieve this feat by opening a new hotel every ten days. Furthermore, there will be an extra 4,500 work placements and 2,000 apprenticeships for young people in the UK. Within the M25 alone, 20,000 rooms are set to be built, creating 2,500 new jobs in the process. According to Premier Inn, 1,100 jobs were created in the past 12 months and so they are on track to achieve this goal.

The news was announced at the opening of the new Premier Inn in Monument, London. The new 184-bedroom site was able to generate 20 new jobs, which went to those who had been unemployed on a long-term basis.

Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants managing director Patrick Dempsey said: “We have a target of recruiting half of our new team members from the long-term unemployed, and we offer a robust and structured qualification pathway. We especially want young people to know that hospitality is a career path that is open to them and its one they could excel in."

Mr Dempsey further revealed that the firm will be working with the charity Believe in Young People to support more young people as they leave education and enter the world of work. The British Hospitality Association has, meanwhile, pledged 32,000 new jobs and apprenticeships.

In August, Premier Inn was named the best hotel brand in Britain, knocking Hilton off the top spot for the first time in 17 years.

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