Whitbread has pledged to invest £5.7 million in a new scheme that will enable them to hire 6000 apprenticeships across its brands by 2020.
Chief Executive, Andy Harrison 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.”
Apprenticeships are key to tackling recruitment issues and Whitbread have already noted that staff are 45% more likely to stay with the company if they have undertaken an apprenticeship than those who have not.
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, is due to officially launch the scheme today and has praised Whitbread: “There really has never been a better time to start an apprenticeship and it’s a huge leap forward to have Whitbread, one of Britain’s leading employers in the hospitality industry, hiring even more apprentices.
“We want apprenticeships to be level-pegging with a university degree giving millions more people the dignity of work and a regular pay packet.”