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Find a job to fit around family life with Travelodge’s Parents Programme


LOOKING to fit a job around family life?

Budget chain Travelodge wants to fill 600 positions across its 582 UK hotels and the HQ in Thame, Oxfordshire.

Single mum Sam Freeman left school at 16 and worked as a waitress, chef and insurance specialist before quitting to look after her children in 2009

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Single mum Sam Freeman left school at 16 and worked as a waitress, chef and insurance specialist before quitting to look after her children in 2009

Its Parents Programme matches mums, dads and carers with roles near home or with school-run hours.

The scheme also prepares parents to step up into management when family commitments allow.

Travelodge chief executive Craig Bonnar said: “It is a great choice for mums and dads looking to begin or restart their career.”

Single mum Sam Freeman left school at 16 and worked as a waitress, chef and insurance specialist before quitting to look after her children in 2009.

Five years ago she joined the Travelodge housekeeping team. After studying on Aspire, the firm’s in-house management development programme, she is now manager of the King’s Lynn and Norwich Cringleford Travelodges in Norfolk.

Sam, 36, from Kings Lynn, said: “I can’t believe how much my life has changed since I joined. I just didn’t know I had this potential inside me.

“Today I am responsible for managing two Travelodge hotels and I’m a TripAdvisor champion in my district. I am coaching team members, which includes mums and dads who are in a similar position to me.

“Sometimes you have to look outside of the box to fulfil your dreams. If I hadn’t taken a chance and thrown myself into the unknown, I would not be here today. I didn’t just take a job at Travelodge, I got a successful career.”

The staycation boom and return of travel for work means the hotel and hospitality sector is recruiting at record speed.

Travelodge’s 600 vacancies include roles for hotel managers and assistant managers, cafe and bar workers, housekeeping team members and receptionists, with full and part-time jobs with flexible hours.

There are also 40 HQ roles including in the areas of customer services, finance, HR, IT, marketing and sales, PR, property, procurement, revenue and UK operations.

Successful applicants who want to progress can apply for the Aspire programme which has helped thousands of entry-level staff move into senior roles.

Mr Bonnar added: “Joining the UK hospitality sector can be the best decision you make.

“The hotel industry is fun and exciting and opens a door to a world of opportunities.”

Interested? You can apply at travelodge.co.uk/careers.

Got genie magic?

FIND money – and love – with dating app Genie Connections.

Ahead of Valentine’s Day next month, the safety-first platform is recruiting brand ambassadors to test the service and spread the word on social media and at industry events.

Selected influencers will earn up to £15 an hour.

Genie Connections’ chief marketing officer Katie Knowles said: “Being a brand ambassador is rapidly becoming a popular job choice for Gen Z.

“We are looking for 30 influencers who value safety and female empowerment alongside meeting people in real life.”

To apply to become one of its ambassadors, email sophie.roberts@genieconnections.com outlining why you think you are right for the job.

Jobspot

THE PERFUME SHOP has 192 roles nationwide including team leaders, sales advisers and Kickstarter positions.

See theperfumeshopjobs.com.

A pool of talent

THIS is your chance to make a splash as a swimming teacher.

The UK is facing a shortfall of around 8,000 instructors – made worse by the Covid crisis.

The UK is facing a shortfall of around 8,000 swimming instructors

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The UK is facing a shortfall of around 8,000 swimming instructorsCredit: supplied

Olympic swimmers Becky Adlington and Steve Parry, along with gymnast Beth ­Tweddle, have launched firm Sporting House to invest almost £3million recruiting teachers.

Becky said: “Swimming and water safety is such an important life skill. It genuinely helps save people’s lives.”

Sporting House hopes to recruit 100 swimming teachers and 40 gymnastics coaches by the end of the year.

The firm will pay the £1,000 training costs for each coach. Applicants do not need previous experience.

See thesportinghouse.co.uk/careers.

Gear up for safe returns

WITH Covid guidance about working from home ending, many firms are urging employees to return to the office.

A spokesman for legal specialist The Compensation Experts said: “Many workers may find it daunting to be back. Searches for ‘can I refuse to go back to the office’ are up by 767 per cent.”

With Covid guidance about working from home ending, many firms are urging employees to return to the office

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With Covid guidance about working from home ending, many firms are urging employees to return to the officeCredit: Getty

Below, it outlines how companies can keep staff safe and avoid possible claims.

  1. Create a safety programme: Walk through the workplace and identify any potential hazard, then rectify it before staff return. Consider staff first-aid courses, too.
  2. Up the hygiene regime: It’s vital to offer antibacterial products. Educate staff on cleaning desks and meeting rooms after use.
  3. Give the information staff need: They should be able to work safely and injury-free. Even a job like lifting a computer monitor should be risk-assessed and training offered.
  4. Set up equipment correctly – and audit: Ensure chairs are in the right position to properly support the back, and keyboards and monitors are at the correct angle.
  5. Avoid shortcuts: Mistakes happen most often when staff are in a rush. Teach them it’s better to be safe than sorry.
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