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Staff Testimonial

The whole experience has been brilliant. The management team were really great, supportive, and created a really fun environment for us as well as the children. The best place I've ever worked (a sentiment echoed by a few of the team on our last day)!


Jenny Jenny 5th December 2017

Have you got a question that needs answering? Well help is here! If you cannot find the answer to your question in our FAQ’s, you can call our Recruitment Team on 01480 497533.

When applying

Q: What is your privacy policy?

A: Barracudas acts as a Data Controller for the purposes of GDPR. To process your application and contract we need to collect personal details about you. Our full Privacy Policy can be read here.

Q: How old do I have to be to work at Barracudas?

A: To work with us you need to be 18 years old. You can apply when you are 17 (as long as you turn 18 before the end of October) and your application will only allow you to select operational dates when you are 18. If you are unsure if you meet the criteria, please contact the office.

Please note, only our Huntingdon camp in Cambridgeshire operates in October.

Q: When should I apply?

A: Our applications usually become available around mid-December. When this happens, the green: ‘apply here’ button will appear at the top of the website pages. We recommend you apply as soon as possible, as roles and spaces at Assessment Days are limited.

Q: I'm not sure which role I should apply for?

A: We have plenty of roles to choose from at camp. We advise you choose a role which you feel would be most suited to you, but most of all a role which you'll enjoy! On your online application form you will be able to pick two positions that most suit you. For further information regarding our roles at camp, please see our job roles section. If you find you're stuck in choosing which position would be best for you, please call us on 01480 497533.

Q: I cannot work the full summer period. Can I still apply?

A: Absolutely! Often we need more staff for certain weeks as the number of children booked into camp fluctuates from week to week. As long as you can work a week at Easter and two consecutive weeks at summer, please still apply selecting the dates that you are available. Typically the earlier weeks in the season are busier than the later weeks, but this varies from camp to camp. Our free training courses are still available to you and you are expected to undertake all induction training.

Q: Once I have applied, when will I know if I have got the job?

A: On receipt, we will read your application form and let you know if we feel you are suitable to progress to the next stage. If you are, we will invite you to continue the application process which varies depending on whether you have applied for a senior: general, or specialist role. Before working on camp we would like to meet you so all NEW Barracudas staff have to attend either a Senior Selection Day (if applying for a senior role) or an Assessment Day (if applying for a general/specialist role). Both of these days are non-paid, informal assessment days that provide both you and us a great opportunity to find out more about one another. 

If you attend a Senior Selection Day, you will hear a response from us within 10 days. You will only hear from us after an Assessment day if we feel a Barracudas role isn’t quite right for you at this stage. If you have not heard from us within 5 working days, this means you have been successful. 

Q: What happens if I can't attend a Senior Selection Day?

A: If the preferred dates you submit for the Senior Selection Day are fully booked, or you cannot attend due to your own availability, then your application will be placed on hold. If a space becomes available on your initial preferred dates, we will call you, similarly if your availability changes please call the office.

Q: What happens if I can't attend an Assessment Day?

A: If the preferred dates you submit for an Assessment Day are fully booked we will call you to discuss an alternative day. If you are unable to attend an alternative date, we will not be able to process your application further and you will be placed on hold. If a space becomes available on your initial preferred dates we will call you similarly if your availability changes please call the office. 

Q: Can I submit a CV instead of applying online?

A: No. For safeguarding reasons there are specific details we require that your CV may not cover, so you must complete an online application form to be considered for a job with Barracudas.

Q: Is there accommodation on site for staff?

A: No, there is no accommodation available for staff. Our camps operate from 08:00 – 18.00 and shifts vary between these times. You will need to live locally and be able to travel to the camp daily.

Q: Where are the Barracudas camps?

A: We currently have over 45 camp locations. They are mostly in the counties that border the M25, situated in the South-East of England. For full details, please visit the camps tab on our website.

Q: Can I apply for more than one camp/role?

A: On your application form you will be able to pick three locations and two job roles to apply for. If you can get to any other locations, please call us to discuss.

Q: What are the chances of being contracted after my application is placed on hold?

A: Very high! The more flexible you are with your locations and dates, the greater the chance of being offered a position with Barracudas, even after you have been placed on hold.

Q: I live overseas at the moment. Can I still apply?

A: As we have to complete background checks with original identification and would like to meet you at one of our Assessment Days, it is advisable to apply once you are in the UK

For your background checks you will need a letter of good conduct from any country that you have lived in for longer than two months.If you are not a UK resident you must ensure you have any relevant working permits and visas that demonstrate your eligibility to work. We must receive original copies of any such documents.

If you successfully receive a contract with Barracudas, you must be able to provide us with UK bank details ahead of starting work in order to receive your wages.

It should also be noted that as we run day camps only, staff are required to provide their own accommodation.

Q: Do you carry out any background checks?

A: Yes. You must have a valid DBS certificate at an Enhanced level issued through Barracudas in the last 3 years or have an Enhanced DBS that is signed up to the Update Service (we must see the original certificate). If you are new to Barracudas, a DBS check will be processed after you have attended an Assessment Day and you have signed your contract. If you are a returning member of staff this will be processed after you have signed your contract. If you are a senior member of staff your DBS will be processed once your contract is signed. The cost for an Enhanced DBS check is £52.00 and we will contribute 50% of the cost for all staff. The remaining £26.00 will be deducted from your wages.

If you attend a Barracudas training course in 2019 (including seniors attending Senior Training Day), then we will cover the full cost. 

To carry out these checks, we need various forms of ORIGINAL identification and proof of current address. The full process will be explained to you by a member of the recruitment team if you need a DBS processed. New staff must bring their photographic identification (passport or driving license) to the Selection or Assessment Day along with any other relevant forms of ID needed for your DBS. All staff need to show their photographic identification at their induction training day.

We will not discriminate against any applicant who may have a conviction. If you have a conviction or caution, this must be declared when you apply. We will consider its relevance to the role you have applied for in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. If you have any questions regarding a conviction, please call us and a member of the recruitment team will be happy to discuss this with you in confidence.

We also ask you for two professional referees whom we will contact by email, one of which must be your most recent employer. If you are a returning member of staff we only need one new reference annually. They must know you on a professional basis and cannot be a family member or a friend, unless you have been directly employed by them, i.e. babysitting.

Barracudas is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people   and expects all staff to share this commitment.


Q: I have completed an online profile, how do I log back into my application form?

A: To submit an application, once you’re on the website click the green: ‘apply here’ button. If you are a returning member of staff, you will be directed to the staff room, where you can enter your username and password (created when you were making an account with us) and this will take you straight to your account. If you cannot remember your password, click: “forgot your password” and follow the instructions. Alternatively call the office. 

At camp

Q: What will a typical day be like?

A: Here are the general timings of a day at Barracudas:

Daily Sessions  
Early Club: 08.00-09:15 If you run early and late clubs, an additional amount will be paid into your wages.  
Registration: 08:30-09:30 You will either be running a group activity in your baseroom until all children have arrived, asked to be a runner which involves bringing children to their baseroom from the registration desk, or preparing your activity area.
Session one: 09:30-10:30 There will be a choice of at least two activities. You will be expected to lead one, whilst another member of staff leads the other.
Break: 10:30-10:45 You will supervise the children having their break or will be on a break yourself.
Session Two: 10:45-11:40 A choice of at least two activities is offered, with one being led by you.
Session Three: 11:40-12:40 A choice of at least two activities is offered, with one being led by you.
Lunch: 12:40-13:25 You will be expected to supervise the children having their lunch. You will also be given a 20 minute lunch break, where you will be able to take this in the camp office/staff room.
Session Four: 13:25-14:25 A choice of at least two activities is offered, with one being led by you.
Session Five: 14:25-15:25 A choice of at least two activities is offered, with one being led by you.
Break: 15:25-15:40 You will supervise the children having their break or will be on a break yourself.
Session Six: 15:40-16:30 A choice of at least two activities is offered with one being led by you.
Collection: 16:30-17:30 You will either be running a group activity in your baseroom until all children have been collected, or will be asked to be a runner which involves bringing children from their baseroom to their parent/s at the collection desk.
Late Club: 16:45-18:00 If you run early and late clubs, an additional amount will be paid into your wages.  

In addition to your 20 minute lunch break, you will also receive a 15 minute break in the morning or afternoon.

Q: What hours will I work?

A: Please see staff hours below: 

Multi Activity: 08:30 – 17:00
Fencing: 08:30 – 17:00
Lifeguard: 09:00 – 16:30
All other general staff: 08:30 – 17:30
Camp Manager: 08:00 – 18:00
Assistant Manager: 08:30 – 18:00
Early Years Manager: 08:00 – 18:00
Senior Sports Instructor: 07:30 – 17:00
Camp Admin: 08:30 – 17:30

All staff are expected to arrive 10 minutes before their shift starts so they are ready to begin work on time. 

Q: Can I have time off during my contract?

A: Ahead of camp, days off must be authorised by your recruiter in writing. During camp, you must speak to your Camp Manager to request a day off.

Q: Is there a uniform and do I have to pay for it?

A: For 2019, Barracudas will provide all new staff with branded uniform consisting of 2 T-shirts (3 for Lifeguards) and a jumper which can be kept when you finish working with us. Any staff that worked in 2018 and return to work in a future season will need to use the jumper that we have previously provided, however you will still be given 2 new branded T-shirts every season.  

Q: How much and when do I get paid?

A: Wages vary depending on your role, age and experience. Please click this link to see our 2019 wage breakdown. Payroll is processed on the last day of camp and will land 5 working days later. In summer, there may be an additional payroll processed earlier in the season, depending on when the camp you are working at opens.

Q: What are Skills Builder Courses?

A: We offer the opportunity for children to book onto our intensive courses for an additional fee. These include: Motor Mania, Lab Rats (fun based science experiments) Upstage! (dance and drama) and Swim School. They focus on a small group of the same children for an hour a day to progress their skills in that area. As these courses are progressive, children must be booked in for the full week in order to attend. Some instructors will be involved in running these courses.

Q: What are Theme Days and when are they?

A: Our theme days are a great excuse for everyone to dress up, have a good time and are loved by children and staff, so don’t miss your chance to take part in it! Theme days will take place on the last day of each week. For more information on themes and dates please see the Theme Days page on our Barracudas parents' website.

Q: What happens if it rains?

A: You'll get wet! We can't organise the weather but we do have a wet weather programme which swings into operation when it becomes too bad to be outside. If it is light rain we will continue outside, so make sure you bring adequate outdoor clothing.

The children

Q: What are the ages of the children who attend?

A: We are registered with Ofsted to take children who are 4.5 years old up to the age of 14 years.

Q: How many children will I be looking after?

A: For children aged 4.5 - 6 years the staff to child ratio is 1:8

For children aged 7 - 10 years the staff to child ratio is 1:12

For children aged 11 - 14 years the staff to child ratio is 1:14

Q: Can I choose which age group to work with?

A: We will aim to place you where your experience is, this is not always possible for the entire working period. However, if you are an early year’s specialist you will be working with the Under 8's. There are approximately 24-32 children in each group with 2 or 3 staff depending on their age. Each group splits into smaller groups after they have made their activity choices. Generally the maximum age difference of children in a group is 18 months.

Q: Can you accept children with additional needs?

A: Yes, as long as we feel we can fully support their needs. If you have any experience with special needs, please make it clear on the application form as we occasionally have vacancies for staff to work on a 1:1 basis with children who need extra support during their time at camp.