Alton Towers still has 300 jobs to fill by summer
More than 300 jobs are up for grabs at Alton Towers Resort as the attraction prepares for the summer season. Bosses are looking for candidates to work in various roles in the theme park and its hotels. Alton Towers has joined forces with Job Centres across Staffordshire to help fill the posts.
Representatives have been travelling to Job Centres to meet, interview and – in many cases – employ new staff on the same day. The partnership is part of the Government’s national jobs push Way to Work, which aims to get 500,000 more people into work by end of June. Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey visited Alton Towers to meet some of the new staff that have been employed through Job Centres.
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While the majority are seasonal, there are also permanent roles available.
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Therese Coffey meets new Alton Towers staff member Jake Treadwell as the resort’s HR director Jo Mountney looks on
Jo Mountney, the resort’s HR director, said 1,000 people had already been recruited to work at the park. “We are still looking for another 300 people to ‘turbo-charge’ our summer. Recruitment has been challenging last year and this year. The hospitality industry has been the worst hit by the pandemic.
“People want more flexible working and many want to work fewer hours, so we need more people. We are working with the Job Centres locally to recruit which has worked well so far. “We have got five hotels as well as the park.
We have roles that can fit in with mums doing the school run and so on. “We are one of the biggest employers in Staffordshire. Our jobs are not just seasonal – we are creating more permanent jobs as we do more events and expand our offering throughout the year.
“We have a huge number of success stories of people who have come to work here for a season and ended up having a career in the industry. There are hundreds of opportunities.”
Rebecca Webster has worked at Alton Towers for six years and is now helping to recruit new staff
Rebecca Webster started work at Alton Towers six years ago and has worked her way up from a ride host to Assistant Area Manager. The 24-year-old, who lives in Derby, is now travelling to Job Centres to recruit new employees.
She said: “We can interview people and let them know straight away if they’ve been successful. I didn’t get any grades in school and I had only ever worked in an ice cream shop, so it’s no barrier whatsoever if you don’t have any experience. “It’s amazing to work for Alton Towers, it’s a dream come true for me.
If you are looking for work just come and have a chat with us, there’s no need to feel nervous. Every department here is so welcoming.” During her visit, Ms Coffey met with new staff at the park and even enjoyed a ride on the Wicker Man rollercoaster.
She said: “It has been great to meet people who have started work at Alton Towers in the past month. They have still got 300 jobs to fill and hospitality is a great industry. “One of the things that’s really impressed me today is how flexible Alton Towers is as an employer, and how keen they are to invest in people.
The tourism offering is fantastic around this whole area.”
Anyone interested in applying to work at Alton Towers Resort should go to their local Job Centre or the attraction’s jobs website.