More than 400 jobs to be created in Cleethorpes for the busy holiday season
MORE than 400 jobs will be created in Cleethorpes to take the resort through the busy holiday season.
Bosses at Thorpe Park and Pleasure Island are recruiting 200 seasonal staff each, with the potential for some permanent positions.
Thorpe Park general manager Andy Such said: "We are looking for good people across a wide range of skills and while some might start off as seasonal, we always look for someone with potential growth for a permanent position."
Both businesses are vital to the local economy in Cleethorpes, with the holiday park providing accommodation and Pleasure Island being one of the resort's top attractions.
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Jobs available include administration, catering, ride operatives, entertainers and park cleaners, among others.
However, competition is stiff, with about 700 applicants each year for Pleasure Island alone – a figure which is likely to increase this year as more jobs are lost on the high street.
As revealed in the Grimsby Telegraph, Jessops closed earlier this month, with HMV and Blockbuster – which have stores in Grimsby – in administration.
The owner of Pleasure Island, Melanie Wood, said: "There is a lot of unemployment in the area and that means we have seen an increase in the number of applicants we receive.
"This means the calibre of staff is also going up, we have a far bigger choice of applicant."
Seasonal work is often snapped up by students because the employment time coincides with time off from studies.
Melanie continued: "It is a perfect relationship.
"But we do need others to take us right the way through the season and if we see someone who shines through in a big way, we will make sure there is a full-time position for them.
"Seasonal work is vitally important.
"It helps students pay for their studies, especially now tuition fees have risen, and it is great for the local economy as a whole because it provides great skills for other jobs.
"They are working with the public, which is great customer service experience that they can take anywhere. It sets them up for bigger things."
Andy added: "Thorpe Park is a really good, fun place to work. There is nothing like being by the seaside.
"The core of our business is holiday home owners who come down regularly. You get to know them all."
These jobs are currently the only seasonal ones available through the Job Centre available in North East Lincolnshire.
A Department for Work and Pensions spokesperson said: "Seasonal jobs provide valuable skills and experience that can be a stepping stone to permanent employment.
"It looks good on your CV, gives you something to talk about in interviews – and sometimes it can even lead to the offer of a permanent job."
Apply for a post
Applicants can apply for Thorpe Park and Pleasure Island through Grimsby Job Centre. Pleasure Island is also recruiting online at www.pleasure-island.co.uk/contact-us/recruitment-info.html.
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