Staff Testimonial

Best Holiday Job! Last year I worked as an MA in Norwich, this year SSI in Wokingham. The atmosphere at Barracudas is something I've never experienced before in a work place, it provide an amazing working environment. I've never been so willing to "get up and go to work"- my days would go so quickly, and I'd enjoy it all. Both teams I've been apart of have been brilliant, everyone is lovely, fun loving and enthusiastic. I'm currently studying medicine at university and this may seem like an odd choice of holiday work- but absolutely not! I've learnt so much in such a short amount of time: 1. How to communicate with children better, how to explain things clearly so they understand first time. 2. How to liaise with parents both face to face and over the phone 3. Understanding how best to tackle "sticky situations" 4. How best to manage people 5. Learning behaviour management skills ^these are just a few examples of skills I've gained this Easter.. The list would go on and on.. I think working in 2 different camps has benefited me enormously as I've been able to see different ways of doing things/ tackling things. For example "Explore "n" Play" session- witnessing 2 different styles has only given me more ideas for the future. Honestly, this job is perfect for anyone who has an interest in working with children: social work/teaching/physio/OT but is also indescribably valuable to anyone working with people- learning how to run structured sessions whilst having to constantly behaviour manage and be aware of H&S legislation, will benefit almost anyone! A more senior role is perfect for those wanting to improve and demonstrate managerial skills (which employers love!!) I'd also like to mention, your work with the children is not in vain at all- parents were so appreciative of our work! On our last day of camp parents were so grateful for the care we'd shown their children and how much fun their children had had. I've had numerous part-time/holiday jobs and this tops them all!

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Bethany Bethany 9th April 2016
Wokingham

Roles | Area Manager

Whatever your role at any Barracudas camp, your primary responsibility is to ensure the health, safety and welfare of children in your care, to safeguard them and protect them from harm. Once these fundamentals are ensured you should aim to give each of them such an amazing experience they can’t wait to come back!

Responsibilities: To oversee a small cluster of camps in your geographical area. You will be the first point of contact for camps both over the phone and in person. Area Managers are responsible for providing their camps with support and advice on a day to day basis and enhancing Barracudas reputation with the schools, staff and customers. At the start of the season you will be issued with a plan of which camps to head to each day, but this will change as and when needed throughout the season.

Duties include:
• Observe registration, collection and activities on camp
• Audits – every camp will have audits throughout the season. The audits consist of both positive areas as well as areas for improvements
• Feedback your findings from audits and provide support to camps afterwards in areas that require improvement
• Assist the senior team during OFSTED inspections
• Ensuring all paperwork is up to date and filled out correctly – provide guidance on admin tasks if being done incorrectly
• Assisting with staffing or training queries
• Communicate with Central Office to provide them with necessary information
• Answer any Barracudas policy or health and safety questions the senior or general staff may have
• Make sure equipment is being used and demonstrated correctly
• Monitoring and overseeing petty cash
• Deal with confidential issues

Requirements:
• Experience working as a Camp Manager
• Attend the Area Managers Training Day
• You will be eligible to work in the UK
• Obtain an enhanced DBS check through Barracudas
• You will provide satisfactory references
• Be available for Induction Training Day and at least 1 set up day (these will be in the 7 day period prior to camp opening)

Salary: £475 - £600 per week (dependant on age, qualifications and experience)
Hours: 8am - 6pm

NB: The above is an example of what may be involved in your duties as an Area Manager and is listed to give you an insight into what the role entails. Your day may be similar to this but not identical and will include a range of other tasks and responsibilities.

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