Travelodge have announced that their first class of junior management apprentices have all graduated and have joined the company as managers.
A total of 17 students graduated this year, significantly contributing to the company's ethos of recruiting 75% of hotel managers internally.
Having launched the bespoke scheme in 2011 in a bid to generate more apprenticeships for young people hoping to work in the hospitality industry, Travelodge designed the programme to suit 18-year-old school leavers. It allows them to earn a salary, get work experience, continue their education and become managers by the age of 21.
Jon Hendry Pickup, chief operating officer for Travelodge said: "We are extremely proud. I expect [these apprentices] 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."
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