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ON.. summer IT has been sunglasses and flip-flops at the ready this week as FOCUS we have checked out the opportunities at events across the UK.

Each week we focus on the sectors that have vacancies, letting you know which firms have jobs, where they are and what it is really like working in the industry.

AS the summer season kicks off we have found 17,544 jobs available at music festivals, hotels, holiday camps and summer sporting events including the Olympics.

Although many of these vacancies are temporary, it is good to remember these jobs can lead to a permanent post, give you the chance to learn new skills and provide valuable experience to boost your CV.

SUMMER EVENTS The British summer is famous for its sporting events such as the Henley Royal Regatta, from June 27 to July 7, to outdoor concerts including T in the Park in Balado, Kinross-shire, from July 6 to 8. Catering and stewarding firms employ thousands of casual staff for these events ranging from bar staff and waiters to chefs at all levels and catering assistants.

A key place to look is www. where we found 10,966 jobs throughout the industry ranging from event staff in Oxfordshire (pounds 6.25 to pounds 6.75 per hour) to VIP hosts and hostesses in London (pounds 8.30 per hour).

In many cases you can also contact venues or the large catering companies direct.

One of the main employers is the Compass Group (www., which covers venues such as the Excel Centre, Twickenham, Edgbaston, Lords, The Oval and the Royal Albert Hall.

They use, which lists 1,440 vacancies including chefs for Goodwood Racecourse (up to pounds 125 per day) and retail and hospitality staff for the cricket season at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton (up to pounds 50 per day).

FESTIVALS There are hundreds of music festivals across the country. Some are small and aimed at niche markets, while others are vast and crowded.

Tens of thousands of workers are needed to keep them all running smoothly from rubbish collectors and stewards to traffic marshals and cashiers.

Latitude in Southwold, Suffolk (July 12-15), Green Man at Glanusk Park in Wales (August 17-19), Reading and Leeds festivals (both August 24-26), BBC Proms in the Park (September 8) and the Olympics beach volleyball (July 28-August 9) use DC Site Services for most temporary staff (

Check out Oxfam too, which takes on 5,000 festival stewards over the summer (

THEME PARKS AND CHILDREN Now is a key time for theme park recruitment so contact your local parks direct.

One of the biggest groups is the Merlin Group, which owns Legoland, Alton Towers, London Eye, Thorpe Park, Warwick Castle, Sea Life, and Madame Tussauds. Check out where we found jobs at all the locations.

More and more companies need staff to help them run kids clubs. There is also a growth in the number of firms offering childcare camps.

Visit where we found 138 jobs including camp staff for Camp Beaumont for children in London (from pounds 300-pounds 500 a week) and Passion for Food leaders for Super Camps (, which run during holidays (from pounds 300 a week).

TOP TIPS hard thoroughly cashiers. Southwold, Suffolk Man at Wales Reading festivals 26), the 8) SHOW willing from the minute you walk through work what office.

the door?Always work that little bit harder than anyone else ?Be prepared to turn your hand to everything Be sociable - you never know who you 9) liked being who summer will meet?Make it your business to find out who's who in the organisation Don't be afraid to ask questions themselves levels atmosphere Never be cynical or bored - keep lively and enthusiastic at all times.

Oxfam on stewards (www.stewards). ?Keep asking (not nagging, though) about future opportunities Stephanie from she work WORKER'S VIEW IN need of extra money to make ends meet while she was at university, Stephanie Boyles called up her local Haven holidays park and asked if there was any summer work up for grabs.

"It was June, after my first year at uni, so I thought I would be out of luck but in fact they called me straight in for an interview. Their receptionist was leaving and they needed a replacement - I got the job."

All that summer Stephanie, now 21, worked at the Craig Tara resort near her home in Ayr and when she started back at Glasgow University in the autumn to continue her degree in business and finance she promised to stay in touch. She says: "I'd worked really hard over the summer and thoroughly enjoyed it.

caravans "I had been keen to get work experience and find out what it was like to work in an office. It was great."

One of the key things she liked about the work was being involved with people who were having fun on their summer holidays. she have career You are "Everyone is enjoying themselves and the energy levels are high," she says. the Bourne also Leisure "We're by the sea and the atmosphere is buzzing."

The following January Stephanie received a call from the park asking whether she would be prepared to work for them part time for To summer park the remainder of her two years at university. She jumped at the chance.

She says: "By then I realised that there were an awful lot of career opportunities to be had working at Haven.

"I had grown up thinking it was a good local employer but that it was just summer seasonal work."

Up until last summer when she graduated, Stephanie continued to work weekends and holidays at the park doing a variety of different office jobs.

"When I finished my degree they offered me a full-time job allocating caravans and chalets to holidaymakers."

She has taken on more duties to include jobs controller, managing the maintenance and inspection of caravans, and she deals with renting out owners' own caravans on site.

"There is so much to learn," she says. "I feel so lucky to have almost stumbled in to a career through a summer job.

You never know how things are going to work out."

Haven has 36 parks across the UK and is part of the Bourne Leisure group, which also owns Butlins and Warner Leisure Hotels. Bourne is known to recruit for attitude and train for skill. To find out more about summer opportunities visit or call the local Haven holiday park near you.


PARK LIFE Z Stephanie Boyles at Haven's Craig Tara resort near Ayr
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Date:Jun 21, 2012
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