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“The Japanese squeak like guinea pigs, northern Europeans are

issue, he says, come with an open mind, enjoy it and let yourself go.

Coaching sessions Butlin’s likes to draw out Redcoats’ talents, providing singing and dance lessons. Training also includes vocal coaching, circus skills and sign language to communicate with deaf guests. Some recent sessions were run by Chris Pilkington, CBeebies producer and make-up artists from West End show Wicked. Many people who do the audition

will also do the rounds of The X Factorand Britain’s Got Talent. Being a Redcoat was historically a good launchpad for a career as a TV presenter but nowadays Butlin’s finds more Redcoats move on to the West End. However, the average length of stay for a Redcoat has risen from two to three years, to three to four years. Josh Anderson is among those who

have stayed on. “I used to come on holiday every year to Butlin’s Minehead with my family. It was seeing the Redcoats and how friendly they were and the passion they had for their job that had us coming back year after year. I looked up to them and knew that I wanted to be one.” He says: “The hardest part of the

audition was the one-to-one interview; because I wanted that job so much I put pressure on myself. All the questions relate to how we work

Being a Redcoat is a good launch pad for a West End career

as a business, because people think it’s all singing and dancing, and certainly we develop that, but it’s all about customer service.” Last November the tables were

turned when Anderson helped at the latest Redcoat auditions, questioning applicants and teaching them a dance routine. “I remembered being in their shoes. You could feel the excitement, you could tell the people

who really, really wanted it.” He has also had the pleasure of

giving successful candidates the good news. “Some people are so excited they start screaming down the phone,” he says. Expecting to stay one year,

Anderson is still with Butlin’s six years later and has a new role in talent development. “I’m a Butlin’s boy through and through,” he says.


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The Sunday Timesreleased its 14th annual ranking of the cream of Britain’s motivated workforces last week, with several travel companies recognised. Businesses have to register

to take part in the surveys, and employee opinions are assessed to compile the scores that determine where a company appears in the three lists based on company size. Employees are asked about management, stress levels, community interaction, pay and benefits, challenges and how they feel about their colleagues and the company overall. In the Best Big Companies list,

Bourne Leisure came first in the “We love working for the organisation” and “Liaising with colleagues gives us a real buzz” categories, second for “Best in training” and “Most caring managers” and third in the “Wellbeing” category. Kuoni, meanwhile, made its

debut in the Best Companies list, with its employee survey revealing that 83% of staff are proud to be part of Kuoni, 77% say their health isn’t suffering because of their job and 75% feel a strong sense of family in their team. ITC Luxury Travel featured in

the Best Small Companies list (pictured), winning the “Wellbeing” award and runner-up in the “Staff development” category. ■ features/ public/best100companies

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