TRAVELODGE last week launched what it claims to be the first budget hotel management apprenticeship programme for school leavers.
The chain describes its Junior Management Programme (JMP) as a ‘fast track route’ into management, which offers young people aged 18 and over a real alternative to university.
The scheme combines the academic and working worlds, allowing individuals to continue their studies while working and earning a salary; some will have the chance to become a hotel manager by the age of 21.
Travelodge, which said it has developed the programme to support its aggressive growth strategy, is aiming to offer 500 apprenticeships, with the intake of the first 50 occurring this summer.
CEO Guy Parsons said the scheme is attractive as it allows delegates to earn while they learn, instead of racking up debts while at university.