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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

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 operates in October.

Q: When should I apply?

A: We would definitely recommend you apply as soon as possible when we go 'live', which is usually mid December. This is due to the fact the earlier you apply and attend an Assessment Day the more chance you have of getting the role you want.

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 dependant 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 from us either way within 10 days if you have been successful or not. If you attend an Assessment Day, you will only hear from us if we feel after meeting you a Barracudas role isn't quite right for you at this stage, as you would have already been offered a conditional contract ahead of this day.

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.

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 or if your availability changes please call us. 

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 as our camps operate from 8:00am-6:00pm. 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 42 camps. 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 two locations and two job roles to apply for. If you can get to any other locations, please give us a call 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 locations, late availability 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. If you are planning to be here for the summer and wish to organise your work beforehand, it is advisable to speak to us first before completing the application form to discuss possibilities.

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

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 which we must see the original copies of.

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 external DBS that is signed up to the update service (we must see the original certificate). The DBS check will be processed if you are contracted in a general or specialist role after you have attended an Assessment day and 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 at the end of the working season. 

If you attend a Barracudas Training course as a general/specialist staff member, we will cover the full £52.00 for your DBS check, and if you are a senior and attend Senior Training, again we will cover the full cost.

To carry out these checks, we need various forms of ORIGINAL identification and proof of address. The full process will be explained to you once you have secured a place at a Selection or Assessment 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.

New staff must bring their photographic identification (passport or driving license) to the Selection or Assessment day. Returning staff need to show their photographic identification at their induction training day.

We also ask you for two professional referees whom we will contact by email, one of which must be your most recent employer. They must know you on a professional basis and cannot be family or 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: You will need to visit our recruitment page by going onto www.recruitment.barracudas.co.uk. Once your on the website click onto the 'staffroom' at the top of the page, then enter your username and password (created when you were making an account with us) and this will take you straight onto your account.

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 Staff who run the Early or Late clubs are paid an additional £5.25 per session. 
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 Staff who run the Early or Late clubs are paid an additional £5.25 per session. 

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

Q: What hours will I work?

A: All group staff will be required to work 8:30-17:30, except Lifeguards, Multi-Activity Instructor and Fencing Instructors, as their shift on camp is 08:30-17:00. Camp seniors will be required to work 8:00-18:00, except Senior Sports Instructors, as there hours are 07:30-17:30. 

Q: Can I have time off during my contract?

A: Yes you can, as long as you make it very clear on your application from when applying. If there is a change of circumstances after your contract has been issued, please get in touch so we can discuss the opportunity of your contract being amended.

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

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

Q: How much and when do I get paid?

A: Wages vary with role, age and experience. Please see job roles for further information. Staff will usually be paid 5 days after the last camp they have worked at closes. For summer staff are also paid for any days worked in the first two weeks of camp.

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! 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 likely but this is not always possible for the entire working period. However, if you are an early years specialist you will be working with the Under 8's. There are about 24-32 children in each group with 2 or 3 staff depending on their age. Each group splits into smaller groups when they make their activity choices. Generally the maximum age difference of children in a group is about 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.