A quarter of the jobs created at Travelodge’s new coastal hotels will go to long-term benefit claimants it was announced today.
The budget hotel chain is investing £150m in the building of 55 new seaside hotels between now and 2015 with hotels planned to open in Blackpool, Weymouth, Newquay, Bournemouth and Scarborough in the next year.
Employment and Welfare Reform Minister Stephen Timms said 25 per cent of staff for the new hotels would be recruited through the Local Employment Partnership scheme.
Under the terms of the scheme, the government gets people ready for work while employers promise to give recruits a fair shot at the job.
To date, Travelodge has recruited 6 per cent of its staff for new hotels via the scheme.
Chrissie Herbert, Director of HR and Quality Management at Travelodge said: "LEPs are a cost effective way for us to access potential new recruits for our hotels I am delighted that we will be rolling the scheme out in all of our new costal hotels and am sure that amongst the recruits will be hotel managers of the future. “
Timms added: "As our seaside towns become increasingly popular holiday destinations this is an excellent opportunity for many of those who have been written off in the past to share in the regeneration.
"This investment by Travelodge will mean hundreds more people have the opportunity to work, learn new skills and contribute to Britain`s growing tourism industry."
Travelodge announces expansion with £70m investment