Novus Leisure recruits graduates through new scheme


Graduates have won places in a new scheme run by bar operator Novus Leisure to help young adults develop careers in the hospitality industry.

The company received over 100 applications for the four graduate and placement positions that were advertised through graduate website Prospects.

There were three events sales positions on six-month placements which went to Ivo Gavin, an economics and business student at Oxford Brookes, Natalie Mitchell, who completed a diploma in events planning at the Blackford Centre in London, and Chloe Abou Ghosn, a business management student at the University of Birmingham.

Sophie Elkington gained the permanent graduate position of account executive in the corporate team for Late Night London, the sales and marketing arm for Novus Leisure’s London venues.

The recruitment process for these new roles included assessment days run by senior members of the Late Night London team as well as assessments of individual presentations, group exercises and one-to-one interviews.

Georgina Fleming, HR manager of Novus Leisure, said: “The vast amount of applicants for the four roles available shows the demand for entry-level graduate jobs in the hospitality sector.

“This gives us the opportunity to show students and graduates seeking a career in the hospitality industry Novus’s offering and our commitment to bringing them into the industry.”

Commenting on her new role, Chloe said: “I feel incredibly lucky to be undertaking a six-month placement with Novus Leisure. My role encompasses a variety of activity for the Late Night London brand, working on everything from creating event proposals to Late Night London’s corporate Christmas sales strategy.

“The placement will allow me to gain a wealth of experience through the amazing opportunities available to me through working with such a prestigious brand.”

Employing 2,500 people, Novus Leisure operates 45 venues including many in London, such as Forge in the City and Mabel’s (pictured) in Covent Garden, as well as the national Tiger Tiger group.

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