Premier Inn hotel bosses help Sunderland students onto career ladder

Hannah Proud, Louise Hope (Premier Inn), Jody Justo Calcutt and Aaron Beswick (Premier Inn)
Hannah Proud, Louise Hope (Premier Inn), Jody Justo Calcutt and Aaron Beswick (Premier Inn)
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HOTEL bosses are accommodating students to prepare them for the world of work.

Premier Inn, which is building a new multi-million pound hotel in Sunderland city centre, has teamed up with Sunderland University to develop business links.

Hotel staff are mentoring students, helping them to develop work-related skills and experience.

Third year psychology degree student Hannah Proud was mentored by Louise Hope, a cluster general manager at Premier Inn.

Louise said: “We made contact with the University of Sunderland, and they blew us away talking about their professional mentoring scheme.

“The agreement was that I would meet a student, have a chat with them and enhance their interview skills, look at leadership skills, and explore anything that could add value to that person.”

Hannah had been for one interview, which she said “didn’t go well” so the pair worked on interview situations.

Hannah said: “I learned what my strengths and weaknesses are, because in interviews it’s hard to think of your strengths, you don’t always realise what they are, and this is where Louise helped.”

Louise Dixon and Tonia Scurr manage the University of Sunderland mentoring scheme, which has been running for three years, and has seen almost 200 students mentored this year.

Tonia said: “Our mentoring scheme is designed to provide students with an insight into the professional world of work, or their chosen career, what employers look for and how best to develop themselves to be that best candidate at interviews.

“What better way to offer that advice than through employers themselves. It’s amazing what can be achieved in that short space of time.”