Windermere’s Lake Cruises announces dates for recruitment event on new ship


WINDEMERE Lake Cruises has announced the dates for its next recruitment day aboard its new ship.

The company will host its recruitment event on the 300-seat MV Swift on Saturday, January 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It is open to anyone interested in joining one of the main tourist attractions in the country.

Ian Wilkinson, Human Resources Manager at Windermere Lake Cruises, said: “This is a great opportunity to come and work in one of the most beautiful places in the country and we can certainly promise you some of the best views you are likely to come across. find.”

Current staff will be on board the MV Swift with human resources specialists to discuss vacancies and to show people the new high-tech vessel.

The recruitment drive is to fill a range of full-time and part-time vacancies that offer great opportunities for career progression.

Boat captain James Ellis is a prime example: “I started out as a part-time crew member working on the boats – doing the ropes and tillers for a season,” says James.

“In the end, Skipper’s jobs appeared. I applied for one and got it and have been here ever since. It was eleven years ago.

“It’s not like an office job, in fact it’s the complete opposite. You work outdoors and in the Lake District, the most beautiful place in the country. And you can move up the ladder.

Rates start at £10.00 per hour, with friendly hours and no split shifts. There are also improvements for overtime, holidays and some evening work.

“The roles are varied and would suit everyone, from retirees looking for part-time work to students looking to boost their CVs,” says Ian Wilkinson.

A variety of customer service roles are available during the busy April to November period, based in Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside. Fixed-term contracts include crewing to work on board the main fleet, as well as supervising the popular powerboats and rowing boats. Other vacancies include staff to work at ticket offices, lakeside shops, cafes and information points.

Ian Wilkinson says: “Our ships operate seven days a week all year round, so it’s important we have the right people in place to ensure our visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience. It is a complex operation from 8 lakeside locations, but full training is given to all new recruits.

Windermere Lake Cruises is one of the most visited paid attractions in the country. In 2019 it was in the top five according to national tourist board VisitEngland with 1.6 million passenger trips.

Its popularity means that during the summer months the number of staff must more than double to meet the huge demand from passengers exploring England’s largest lake on its fleet of 16 ‘steamboats’, boats -buses and traditional wooden speedboats.


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