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Louvre Hotels Group search for tomorrow’s GMs

The programme has been successful in france, creating 80 GMs

Louvre Hotels Group is opening its ‘Fast and Curious’ training programme to its workers in the UK for the first time.

The group, which operates 17 Campanile hotels and one Premiere Classe hotel in the UK, says the year-long training programme will unearth the UK’s next generation of hotel managers and improve the industry’s appeal to young people.

The course will see hospitality workers undergo three weeks of intense training to gather knowledge required for the roles including accountancy, revenue management, recruitment and social media.

Candidates will be sent on work experience starting with six months in their current hotel before moving on to a larger hotel for three months. A further three months will be overseas, before returning to undergo a six-month trial as a general manager in the UK.

The expansion into the UK comes after Jin Jiang, the parent company of Louvre Hotels Group, noted the success in France where the programme has generated 80 general managers since it began in 2009.

Rooms divisions manager Kathy O’Hare from the Campanile Hotel in Manchester, and deputy general manager Jessica Evans from the Campanile Hotel in Wakefield are the first to take part in the programme.

Rinske Bakker, HR manager for Louvre Hotels Group in Western Europe, said: “Our industry needs to be doing a better job at selling itself to attract the best workers for longer. If we can demonstrate to current and potential workers that they can develop their careers with us, we stand a good chance of helping hospitality to improve its image and prevent them from leaving the industry.

“This course has a proven track record in France of taking receptionists and waiters into general managers within an 18 month period, so we’re excited to be expanding this opportunity into the UK.”

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