Premier Inn has opened a miniature hotel
designed to help young people with additional needs get back into
The tiny three-bedroom Premier Inn opened in
Coventry, England on Monday.
The hotel is a partnership project with
Coventry’s Hereward College, a national further educational
facility specialising in skills training for independent living
and employment for young people with disabilities and additional
The new mini-hotel, which will not take paying
guests, is a state-of-the-art training facility that will be used
for young people to learn skills in the hospitality industry.
Built by Novus Property Solutions, the company responsible for
refurbishing hundreds of Premier Inn hotels across the country, it
is an exact replica of a Premier Inn.
indistinguishable from a regular hotel, right down to ‘do not
disturb’ signs on the doors and the tea and coffee making
facilities, it features three
en-suite bedrooms, a reception desk, corridor and linen room.
From guest relations to housekeeping, the facility will enable
young people to learn about all areas of hospitality in a
completely realistic hotel environment.
Young people taking
part in the programme will also have the opportunity to undertake
supported internships and the ambition is for them to go on to
paid employment in Premier Inn hotels across the country.
Minister for Disabled People, said, “Every young
person should be able to reach their full potential and I whole
heartedly welcome Whitbread’s fantastic Premier Inn training hotel
for young people with disabilities who want a career in
hospitality, which will put them on the path to a successful
future. There are 7.6 million working age disabled people in
the UK and employers are missing out by not recruiting from this pool of skilled, loyal and hardworking talent. We are committed to
working with employers to build inclusive workforces with schemes
like Disability Confident, which provides businesses with the
support they need to recruit and retain disabled people. And
employers’ innovative training schemes, like the tiny hotel, are
so important in helping to close the disability employment gap.”
follows on from an industry-first partnership between Premier Inn
and Derwen College, a residential educational facility for young
people with learning difficulties based in Shropshire. It is part
of owner Whitbread’s Force For Good programme, which amongst other
things, supports the employment of under-represented groups.
Almost half of the students who have trained at Derwen have gone
on to be directly employed by Premier Inn since the partnership
launched back in 2013.
Student Mary Woodall who has
successfully completed training at Derwen College and is now
employed by Premier Inn in Greenwich will join the latest launch
as the guest of honour to give a speech.
A popular team member,
Mary, 26, welcomes thousands of guests every year into the hotel -
right in the heart of one of London’s most popular tourist
She said: “Training in the mini-Premier Inn was a
fantastic experience and really helped build my confidence before
starting into a job with the company. Having the chance to train
in a life-like facility is really helpful because you can learn
all aspects of hospitality alongside other students who are also
interested in hotels and make friends at the same time. I think
the students will really learn a lot from it.”
Premier Inn Managing Director Simon Ewins said: “If you think of
the average Premier Inn guest – there isn’t one. We welcome people
from all walks of life, and from every corner of the world. It is
only right our workforce reflects this. Diversity is at the core
of our people plan and we continue our focus on becoming the most
inclusive hospitality business. We recognise that a diverse and
inclusive culture brings significant business benefits and
ultimately leads to better business performance.”
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