Pret A Manger is creating a great opportunity for youngsters with the rollout of a new school leaver programme.
The sandwich chain's chief executive officer Clive Schlee has promoted the new initiative by claiming that those taking up this option will save themselves £27,000 in university fees. It was positive news all round from the high street company as it also announced the creation of 500 new jobs around the UK. The youngsters' programme, in conjunction with a further 1,000 international positions, is designed at boosting store expansion plans which was already boosted by ten per cent during 2012.
FoodManufacture.co.uk reported that Mr Schlee has big plans for the initiative and steps are already taking place to find the best young talent. Pret conducted interviews with 150 applicants and selected ten that would be placed on a year-long course that at the end would see them become permanent members of staff. The chief executive officer believes that it gives them a great foot on the career ladder and he hopes they will go on to get promoted to a trainer, a leader or manager.
Explaining the decision to roll out the school leaver programme, Mr Schlee told the news provider: "We thought we must find more British workers, where are they? At the time, the cost of [studying at] universities had jumped from £3,000 to £9,000. So, we figured there would be a market out there for bright people who didn’t want to commit three years' charges at £9,000 a year."
Pret A Manger has become one of the most recognisable names on the high street branching out in the UK, US, France and in parts of Asia. The company's private equity firm, Bridgepoint, was recently reported to be close to sealing a £100 million deal to takeover the French restaurant group Cote, according to City AM.
The news provider stated that the organisation had emerged as the frontrunner to purchase the bistro group holding off competition from the likes of TA Associates and Investcorp.