A group of future theme park managers have graduated from a bespoke training scheme run by Gulliver’s Theme Park Resorts.
Eight trainee managers have completed the year-long programme, designed to develop leaders to work at any one of Gulliver’s UK sites, in Warrington, Milton Keynes, Matlock Bath or Rotherham. Now in its seventh year, the programme offers trainees opportunities and experience across different areas of the business on a series of placements.
The graduates – drawn from across the UK – have managed their own bespoke projects, received mentoring from senior Gulliver’s staff and had access to external development coaches and experts. Having successfully completed the training programme, they will now step into leadership roles across the company.
One graduate is Adam Fletcher, 28, from Standish in Wigan. He has a degree in Geography and Geology from Manchester University, and has secured a role as rides manager at Gulliver’s World in Warrington.
Adam Fletcher said: “I have had a great year on the trainee manager scheme. It’s a very fun and dynamic job where no two days are ever the same. I have enjoyed getting to experience the Gulliver’s parks – it’s a good opportunity to see other parts of the country, meet people from the other parks and see how the parks all function differently from each other.
“I have also really enjoyed doing placements in different departments. You learn a lot of skills and techniques over these placements and can try out potential career paths in areas you may have never considered. It’s a very hands-on job which I love as it helps keeps things fresh and interesting.
“I would highly recommend and encourage people to consider a career with Gulliver’s. I have never known a job quite like this for how dynamic, challenging and rewarding it is. There’s a lot of room for both personal and professional development within a company that encourages both of these. The higher management and directors actively seek out creativity and suggestions from the trainees, making you feel you are helping to shape the future of Gulliver’s and that you are an integral part of the company.
“I hope to continue developing myself within the rides department at Gulliver’s World and to one day work my way up to operations manager or higher. There is a lot of room for growth within Gulliver’s so I’m excited to see what my future holds.”
Dean Kimberley, director of loyalty and marketing at Gulliver’s Theme Park Resorts, added: “Congratulations to the latest cohort of graduates from our in-house trainee manager programme.
“We had a strong and diverse field of candidates who have shown a commitment to learning new skills and gaining experience that will prepare them for successful careers at Gulliver’s.
“As our unique business expands, we’re excited about the role our latest graduates will play in the future of Gulliver’s.”
The other successful graduates were Hannah Waghorn, Cory-Jay Brzezicki, Adam Timms, Danielle Flint, Kerry Staten, Beth Saxby and Mae Spencer.