Whitbread Plc is an established leading UK company in the leisure and hospitality domain, with the distinction of being among the oldest and largest company in the restaurants and budget hotels segment; and the legacy of having owned the UK’s oldest breweries, pubs, bars and pub restaurants between 1742 and 2001 when these were sold and the company redirected its focus on the food/hospitality industry.
Whitbread Plc began in 1742 as a brewery established by Samuel Whitbread, who also introduced the concept of purpose-built mass-production brewery in 1950 and the brewing and pub-owning culture endemic to the UK.
Today, the company extends hospitality services to more than ten million customers on a monthly basis, assisted by a workforce of over 35,000 employees within the UK and in the Far East, India and the United Arab Emirates, overseas.
All graduate trainees undertake a structured induction at the beginning of the graduate programme, are allocated hands-on responsibilities in their respective placements, begin studying for professional qualifications and are supported by an experienced line manager and a senior manager from the function as a mentor.
The graduate finance programme runs for a period of three years, inclusive of preparations for CIMA credentialing and placement within one of three divisions—Costa Coffee, Premier Inn Hotels and Restaurants and Corporate Finance. Within the chosen division, trainees complete placements across the finance function, completing assigned day-to-day activities to gain practical experience.
Other off-the-job training ensures a thorough foundation in financial and accounting principles, standards, regulatory requirements and procedures. Successful graduate trainees can expect to move up the corporate ladder within three years of completing the programme.
The H.R. scheme is designed as a structured rotation through several placements in employment policy, employee relations and engagement, resourcing, rewards and talent management, and learning and development. Study and training for the graduate CIPD qualifications and membership is facilitated through in-house and external programmes, conducted in partnership with and by local colleges.
Internships & Placements
There are no internship programmes offered by Whitbread.
For more information on apprenticeships available at Whitbread, head over to their apprenticeships section.
School Leaver Programmes
Salary & Benefits
Graduate trainees receive a salary of £22,000–£26,000, depending upon the function/department trainees are recruited into. The benefits package includes a 25-day annual holiday entitlement; a contributory pension; a Save As You Earn (SAYE) share options scheme; BUPA healthcare coverage; a 10% annual bonus; and a Whitbread Privilege Card, offering 25% discounts at all Whitbread establishments.
Other benefits which are applicable to all Whitbread Plc employees, include an employee assistance programme; and benefits which are exclusive to Whitbread managers—Annual bonus of up to 100% of salary, depending upon the division/brand selected; company-provided sick pay; enhanced maternity leave, subject to prescribed limits; a car-ownership programme—Whitbread-on-Wheels; and discounted prices on a selected range of retail products and services from external brands/retailers.
Graduate trainees also receive full monetary and study support for completing prescribed professional credentials—CIMA for Finance trainees and CIPD for H.R. trainees.
The company inducts a small number of graduates on an annual basis to join Finance and Human Resources functions. Eligibility requirements are an earned or predicted 2:1 degree in any discipline (for H.R., preferably in psychology, H.R. or business-related subjects) and a minimum of 300 UCAS points from three A-level subjects, not including General Studies; outstanding skill-levels in communication, leadership and interpersonal relations; flexibility and adaptability; demonstrated evidence of exceptional academic and extracurricular activities; ambition, enthusiasm and self-initiative.
How To Apply
Applications for the graduate programme should be sent using the online ‘search and apply’ system and choosing ‘Graduate’ from the dropdown menu in the ‘Show All Functions’ category. The application form can be accessed here.
The recruitment programme usually begins during winter and the selection process is comprised of a review of the application form, online psychometric testing for evaluating numeric and verbal reasoning skills, a face-to-face interview with a senior manager from the selected function and an H.R. manager, at the Dunstable office, and finally, an assessment centre conducted over a full day.