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Byline: Edited by TRICIA PHILLIPS

MORE than a million unemployed parents are desperate to get back to work - but they're finding the reality of fitting a job around young children nearly impossible.

So budget hotel chain Travelodge has launched a recruitment drive to take on 3,000 mums and dads looking for flexible working.

It plans to open 100 more hotels over the next five years and is offering hours that fit around the school run, a work buddy to help new starters get up to speed and access to management training.

Two mums who know how juggling work and a family can pay off with the right support are mother and daughter Alison Barr, 56, and Katie, 30, who already work for Travelodge.

Katie's story

Job: Hotel Manager at Manchester Arena Travelodge

Katie, 30, lives with her partner in Sheffield and has a nine-month-old daughter, Ava.

When my mum got a job with Travelodge it was a key moment in our lives, as nothing really changed at home but it opened a whole new world for her. She was always there for me and attended all my sporting and school events.

I could see she was happy working at Travelodge, so when I turned 16 I got a job in housekeeping during school holidays. It was great fun so I continued to work there while I did my A levels.

At first I followed my dream of being a dog trainer at Yorkshire Police Dog School. I did this for six years, three days a week and worked four days at Travelodge.

Watching mum climb the career ladder inspired me to join the firm full time. I got onto the in-house management programme, Aspire, and six months later I qualified as a hotel manager. Mum was so proud. I started as an assistant and went up the ladder. I really enjoy my job, I never know what challenges will be thrown at me.

One of the key benefits is everything fits around family life, since my daughter was born. Mum and I both have work schedules that mean we can spend quality time with Ava.

I want unemployed parents to know it is never impossible to get back into work. You need determination, and you can make it happen."


IT'S A FLEX OF A JOB For Alison and daughter Katie

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 24, 2019
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