Travelodge, one of the country’s biggest hotel chains, has launched the next phase of a staff recruitment drive targeted at London’s mums and dads who are looking to get back into work.
The hotel chain which operates 75 hotels in the capital, including one on Wellesley Road and another in South Croydon, is looking to fill 1,000 jobs across London offering flexible working hours that fit around the school run, plus a supporting work buddy and access to management training.
Travelodge launched its parents recruitment programme in January in a bid, the company says, to help the country’s 2 million-plus unemployed parents into the hospitality industry. Travelodge have spoken about creating 3,000 jobs.
The company received a record 45,000 job applications for this initial phase, more than half of them from London and it says it “was overwhelmed by parents welcoming reaction to its new recruitment programme”. All the positions have been filled.
With the country’s schools starting their new academic year this week, Travelodge is kick-starting the next phase of its parents recruitment programme with another 1,500 jobs across its hotels around the country and head office.
All jobs offer guaranteed hours and comprehensive benefits, including being eligible to join the company’s in-house management programme which can help entry-level team members get into a management role at Travelodge within a year of joining the company.
To help design its parents recruitment programme Travelodge commissioned a study with YouGov to gain further insight into the challenges unemployed mums and dads are facing.
Key findings revealed that 59 per cent of parents reported that the scarcity of jobs with flexibility around the school run was the biggest challenge to finding work, while 61 per cent of unemployed parents reported that they had lost their confidence while staying at home to raise a family and are apprehensive of returning to work.
Travelodge’s Rebecca Baker said, “We have been astounded by the tremendous feedback we have received from mums and dads. This response reinforces that Britain has a vast untapped pool of parents who want to work but want to avoid the costs of school wraparound care.
“We have made it our mission to help unemployed parents return to work in the hospitality sector.”
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