Wicksteed Park on lookout for 150 staff

Wicksteed Park pavilion
Wicksteed Park pavilion
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One of the biggest annual recruitment drives in Northamptonshire is about to offer about 150 people the chance to work at Wicksteed Park, Kettering.

Full and part-time positions need to be filled before the start of the new season on March 28.

This year, as well as offering work to students, the park is encouraging older applicants, giving people who have grown up knowing the park and its history the chance to work there too.

Head of operations Michael Bush said: “As soon as we close for the season we start thinking about the following year and we have been planning for this summer for a long time now.

“We are encouraging older people to apply for jobs this year as there are lots of people out there with the experience and love of the park which we can benefit from.

“Following the recruitment days there will be an induction and training weekend for the new recruits, showing them things such as how to set up their ride or attraction and what to do in an emergency.”

During the winter the park has been preparing for the new season, from testing the rides to carrying out repairs and maintenance jobs.

The park has also announced a price freeze to mark the opening of all rides and attractions for the 2013 season.

At weekends leading up to March 28, the park will open a limited number of attractions, including Magic Ice, Crazy Golf and the Arcade – with car parking just £2.

Its Edwardian pavilion has also been restored to its former glory thanks to a major refurbishment to mark its 90th anniversary.

Preparations are also well under way for a £1m lake restoration project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The 2013 recruitment events will take place on Saturday, March 9, and the evening of Wednesday, March 13.

For further information visit www.wicksteedpark.co.uk/Work-for-Wicksteed.aspx.