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Travelodge Launches New Student Recruitment Programme

Travelodge, the UK’s first branded budget hotel chain, which operates over 560 UK hotels, launches a new dual workplace programme offering 3,000 jobs (2,200 permanent positions and 800 summer season jobs across the UK) to Britain’s 2 million students who are struggling to make ends meet.

This bespoke programme is the first of its kind to offer students a permanent job with flexible working hours designed around their study programme in their university and home locations. It also offers a work buddy and access to the in-house management development programme called Aspire, so that students can expand their skill set whilst studying.  

In today’s world, the average British student is forking out nearly £20,000 annually for the privilege of furthering their education. This equates to around £9,500 for tuition fees and around £10,680 to cover the cost of living. Therefore it’s not surprising that eight out of ten students have to work part time in order to survive.

If a student worked around 24 hours a week at Travelodge they could earn around £10,000 per annum, enough to meet average living expenses.  

This scheme also supports Travelodge’s parent’s programme which was launched earlier this year. The summer school holidays are a challenging time for working parents however it’s a key working period for students. Therefore the Travelodge parents and student recruitment programme provides a win-win solution.

With 560 hotels across the length and breadth of the country, there is a Travelodge hotel close to most of the UK’s major universities and colleges giving students easy access to work at a Travelodge close to where they study and then transfer their job to a hotel closer to home during the holidays. 

Travelodge has 3,000 jobs that need to be filled this summer this includes 2,200 permanent positions and 800 summer season jobs across the UK. Positions include roles in reception, restaurants and housekeeping.      

To design this new initiative, the hotel chain surveyed 1,500 of its student employees to gain further insight into the student recruitment pool of talent. Key findings revealed that 62% of students are working between 8 to 24 hours per week to make ends meet. Over half (51% of studying adults reported that working is essential in order to fund their studying. Eight out of ten (80%) students reported that working at Travelodge is not just a job but it is helping to them to enhance their skill set and gain invaluable real team work experience. 

Peter Gowers, Travelodge, Chief Executive said:

“Today’s students have to study harder than ever and meet the rising costs of education.  With more than 560 hotels across the UK, Travelodge is uniquely placed to offer you a role in your university location during term-time and in your home town during the vacation.  Our new student programme gives you flexibility during your studies and the potential to build a longer-term career after graduation – a better way to earn while you learn.”

Detailed below is an outline of Travelodge’s student’s recruitment programme

  1. Flexible working hours designed around the student study programme
  2. Flexibility to transfer your job between your hotel at place of study and home
  3. Full range of company benefits including discounted hotel stays
  4. Comprehensive training and a work buddy
  5. Opportunity to join the Travelodge Aspire Management Programme

All jobs will have guaranteed hours and comprehensive benefits including discount hotel stays.  Students will be eligible to join the company’s Aspire management programme, which supports them to build the skills needed to take on their first management role.

This can help new entry-level team members get into a management role at Travelodge within a year of joining the company, offering further significant salary and development progression.

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