TRAVELODGE isn’t just somewhere to get your head down – it can also give your career a leg up.
The budget hotel chain has plans for 20 additional venues — including London City Travelodge, a new flagship hotel — this year.
The expansion will create 550 jobs in various roles for managers, receptionists, housekeepers, cleaners and bar cafe assistants.
And staff starting on the bottom rung can quickly climb the career ladder thanks to Travelodge’s development programme, Aspire.
Sara Forouzin, from Wembley, North West London, joined Travelodge three years ago as a Bar Cafe team member.
She moved on to the reception desk and, after joining Aspire, she is now manager at the Wembley High Road Travelodge.
Sara, 37, said: “Working for Travelodge was the best choice I ever made. My advice to people who are looking to progress and build a fast professional career in hospitality is to simply join Travelodge and say yes to all the opportunities that are offered to you.”
CEO Craig Bonnar, top, said: “Joining Travelodge opens the door to training and career progression. If you have passion, determination and a real desire to look after people then we will help you learn the rest.
“We have hundreds of colleagues that joined the company via an entry-level position and they are now in management roles.”
To find out more see careers. travelodge.co.uk.
Tech giants fit Bill
BAE Systems asked 1,000 teens to rank a host of potential role models. They put the tech billionaires – who founded Microsoft and Facebook respectively – on top. The responses revealed a rising interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Fifty-six per cent said maths was the most valuable subject for their future prospects.
And 62 per cent of those currently studying STEM subjects said they are likely to carry them on at university.
Asked to rank ten role models, Gates and Zuckerberg placed ahead of Apple legend Steve Jobs and telly scientist Brian Cox.
INNOVATE TO KEEP WINNING
IN this ever-changing, fast-moving world it is crucial to be thinking ahead at work to keep an edge over the competition.
Here, specialist author Natalie Turner shares her tips on how to stay on top of your game.
❶ Be curious and identify opportunities to do something new.
❷ Spark some creative juice and ignite a new idea. Challenge the way you usually do things.
❸ Get critical. Stand back and investigate your idea, how feasible is it? Ask someone who may benefit from your idea what they think.
❹ Be courageous. Invest some effort. Take a small step and try it out – nothing ventured, nothing gained.
❺ Get to work and implement your idea. Stay committed: You are trying something new after all.
❻ Learn. Be clever. How could you improve on what you have done?
Natalie Turner’s book Yes, You Can Innovate: Discover your innovation strengths and unleash your creative potential (FT Publishing, £16.99) is out now.
WOMEN are being urged to join the rail industry – or risk missing out on a jobs bonanza.
More than 100,000 roles are expected to be created across the rail network by 2027.
But a YouGov poll found only one in five women have even thought about working in rail.
Jacqueline Starr, the Rail Delivery Group’s head of customer experience, said: “I would urge women not to miss out on great jobs and opportunities in Britain’s partnership railway.
“We offer quality on the job training, great benefits and family friendly policies.”
Top roles within the industry include project management, train driving, engineering and maintenance.
There are also extensive apprenticeship and graduate schemes.
BE A TIDY LEARNER
THERE are almost half a million apprenticeships out there.
If you are lucky enough to bag one, you must impress.
Here, former apprentice electrician Andy Donnell, now managing director of engineering and facilities management company ABM UK, gives tips on how to wow bosses as an apprentice:
❶ Turn mistakes into positives. An apprenticeship will be a steep learning curve. Try to view criticism as constructive feedback.
❷ Organise your time. Don’t neglect the academic side at college. Your mentor or line manager will help you draw up a suitable plan.
❸ Set ambitious but attainable goals and be honest with yourself. Identify specific skills you want to develop. It is important you know what you want to achieve and which direction you are heading in.
❹ Don’t be scared to ask questions. There is a certain stigma about admitting you don’t know – but it shows you are thinking and interested. ABM recently launched its Junior Engineering Engagement Programme to inspire the next generation.
For more info, go to jeep-abm.org.
Published in The Sun Newspaper on March 16, 2018.