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Travelodge to create 3,000 jobs

By Richard Guttridge | Business | Published:

Travelodge has announced it is to create 3,000 jobs and will be particularly targeting mothers and fathers looking to get back into work.

The new Travelodge being built in Walsall

Roles will be made available at hotels in the West Midlands and the company says it wants to help struggling families by offering a route back into employment.

Flexible working hours will be offered to fit around the school run, while new workers will also have access to management training. The jobs are being created as part of an expansion which will see the budget hotel chain open 100 hotels over the next five years.

A new Travelodge is being built in Walsall town centre, while company has opened hotels in West Bromwich and Dudley over the last couple of years.

Chief executive Peter Gowers said: "Travelodge is growing quickly and we want to unlock the potential of Britain’s mums and dads as they return to work. Hospitality can offer a great career for parents, with jobs close to home, hours that can match the school run, benefits that suit families and a path into management.”

“We are preparing in earnest for post-Brexit Britain. With thousands of new jobs to fill, we need more new colleagues than ever. We see vast untapped potential in parents who want to return to work. YouGov research shows that many parents want to get back into a job, especially one that can lead to a career, and the first step is often the hardest. We’ve based our new programme on making it easier than ever for mums and dads to work around the school run and climb the career ladder whilst raising their family.”

Alok Sharma, employment minister, said: "These are the type of flexible work opportunities parents up and down the country will welcome, which fit around their family responsibilities.

"With record numbers in work and unemployment at a 40-year low, big employers need to follow Travelodge’s example if they want to fill vacancies. Our welfare reforms are helping, offering flexibility for claimants to work the hours they can to make sure work always pays."

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Chief Reporter - @RichG_star

Chief Reporter for the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton.

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