College partnership leads to safari jobs

College partnership leads to safari jobs

West Midland Safari Park has taken on an extra 45 staff as the result of a new training programme it is delivering with BMet College.

The new recruits have all completed two-week employability programme across the college’s sites in Kidderminster, Stourbridge and Brierley Hill.

The safari park has worked with BMet and Jobcentre Plus to develop the courses which provide people with an array of transferable skills and knowledge.

These included work placements at the park and the opportunity to gain qualifications in employability, customer service and food safety.

Charlotte Stokes, HR Manager at West Midland Safari Park, said: “It’s great when local organisations come together to help provide opportunities for people within the community.

“West Midland Safari Park has worked in conjunction with BMet College and Jobcentre Plus to develop a course that provides individuals with an array of transferable skills and knowledge, ensuring that they are better prepared for the workplace.

“Both myself and the managers involved have been delighted with the level of enthusiasm and motivation displayed by the participants of this workshop and plans are already in place to run the scheme again to support our summer recruitment." 

Vacancies across departments including food and beverages, retail and administration, park services and entertainments have been filled.  New training programmes are also running in May to recruit an additional 75 staff.

Jobseekers interested in applying for the new employability programme should speak to the coach at their local Jobcentre Plus.