1,500 staff sought for Center Parcs

​Center Parcs has begun a drive to recruit 1,500 staff at its new £250 million holiday village ahead of the site's opening in spring next year.

The posts at the Woburn Forest site in Bedfordshire include 500 housekeeper roles, mainly part-time, paying from £6.60 an hour.

Among other employees being sought are 126 waiting staff, 53 spa therapists, 50 lifeguards, 19 nursery nurses and six nurses.

The recruitment process is expected to be completed by January with shortlisted applicants invited to assessment days near the site.

Woburn Forest will be Center Parcs' fifth UK site and is to include 625 forest lodges and a 75-bedroom hotel, as well as a spa, sports facilities, restaurants and retail outlets.

Martin Dalby, chief executive of Center Parcs UK, said: "As the job market remains unsteady, I'm delighted that we are able to create such a large number of new jobs and offer people an exciting and rewarding career.

"Our employees play an important role during our guests' short breaks with us and I'm confident that the Woburn Forest team will recruit 1,500 enthusiastic individuals who truly reflect our brand values."

Tracey Purser, human resources manager for Center Parcs Woburn Forest, said: "We're looking for people who have the right attitude, strong personality, a passion for the leisure industry and perhaps, more importantly, take pride in their work."

The UK company, owned by the Blackstone Group, already has four other locations - at Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire and Whinfell Forest in Cumbria. They attract more than 1.7 million guests every year.

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