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Premier Inn Welcomes Barclays Premier League Works Participants

Insights into the world of work continued for the Barclay’s Premier League Works participants with a visit to the Newcastle Quayside Premier Inn recently. 

The group were introduced to Sandy Mawson, Operations Manager at the Metrocentre Premier Inn, and Janet Jubb, Operations Manager at the Newcastle South Premier Inn.   

Sandy and Janet started the visit with some ice breakers before giving an overview of what it’s like to work for Premier Inn and showing a short film about the organisation. After a tour of the hotel the participants were set a few challenges to see if they had what it takes to work at Premier Inn, including making a bed to company standards and the opportunity to make their own pizza’s in the kitchen. 

In the final session of the visit the hosts explained about the work placement programme at Premier Inn and job opportunities within the company. 

Barclays Premier League Works is aimed at 16-21 year olds that not currently in work, education or training.  The course is held at St. James’ Park over 15 weeks where participants take part in activities such as CV building and mock interviews, as well as job searches, Barclays Life Skills, work placements and a residential. Each participant obtains a minimum of two qualifications in either First Aid, Food Hygiene, Health & Safety at Work or Sports Leadership Level 1.

Alasdair Hill, Project Officer at Newcastle United Foundation, said: “This was a really engaging visit for our Barclays Premier League Works participants and we’re really grateful to Premier Inn for putting so much effort into the delivery.  The participants really enjoyed getting an insight into working for a globally recognised organisation and a few have already indicated that they would definitely be interested in having a career in this sector.”

Sandy Mawson, Operations Manager at the Metrocentre Premier Inn, added: “We’re delighted to be working with Newcastle United Foundation – it is a focal point of the local community and it’s brilliant to be able to work with them to support and encourage local young people into sustainable employment.

“At Premier Inn we’re committed to helping our team grow and later in the year we will be opening a new hotel in the old Co-Op building next to The Gate, which will provide some real opportunities for people in the City.”

For more information on Barclays Premier League Works email Alasdair Hill (

Any local businesses that could offer site visits or work experience to participants should contact Amy Sill ( 

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