Gulliver’s Theme Park Resorts has welcomed its latest group of future theme park managers.
The 10 trainee managers will embark on the company’s year-long bespoke training scheme designed to develop leaders to work at any one of Gulliver’s UK sites, at Warrington, Milton Keynes, Matlock Bath or Rother Valley.
Now in its seventh year, the programme will give the new hires a chance to experience different areas of the business on a series of placements, while allowing Gulliver’s to home-grow its own managers according to the business’s unique and rapidly expanding needs.
The trainees will take on their own bespoke projects, receive mentoring from a senior member of Gulliver’s staff and have access to external development coaches and experts, before stepping into new management roles at the end of the 12-month term.
The trainee managers are aged between 21 and 27 and drawn from across the UK, from Wakefield to Southampton.
They include Beth, from Chesterfield, who recently completed a degree in international tourism management at Sheffield Hallam University.
“I am looking forward to using my degree to help plan events at Gulliver’s,” she said.
“I am also excited to learn about the rides and interacting with guests enjoying a family day out at the parks.”
Adam, from Wigan, joins from Palace Theatre & Opera House in Manchester, where he was front of house supervisor.
“I am looking forward to learning about a new industry that I’m really interested in, while helping to make family visits the best they can be,” he said.
Julie Dalton, managing director of Gulliver’s Theme Park Resorts, said: “I’m thrilled to welcome the next generation of theme park managers to Gulliver’s.
“They were selected from a strong and diverse field of candidates and come from a range of backgrounds. What they all have in common though, is the ambition they have shown and a commitment to learning new skills.
“Gulliver’s is a unique and rapidly growing organisation that attracts special people. By running our own in-house management training programme, we can shape our team and allow their roles to evolve as the business expands.
“I’m excited to see what the future holds for our latest group of trainee managers.”
Celebrating 43 years of great value family fun, Gulliver’s provides days out and short breaks for families with children aged 2 to 13. Its theme park resorts include rides and attractions, splash zones, high ropes experiences and a dinosaur and farm park, plus themed hotels, lodges and camping.