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Leitrim jobseekers among thousands at Center Parcs recruitment day in Longford

Sarah Smyth

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Sarah Smyth

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Leitrim job seekers were among those who descended on Longford in their hundreds for the Center Parcs Longford Forest recruitment information day last week.

Leitrim jobseekers were among the thousands of people who attended the first of Center Parcs’ recruitment information days in Longford last week and the recruitment process for the Ballymahon based resort  is now well underway. The company is recruiting 1,000 permanent roles in its Longford facility which is due to open in summer of 2019.  

Prospective job candidates were invited to meet and engage with a 30-strong team of current Center Parcs employees hailing from all parts of the business and its five successful resorts in the UK, including a significant number of senior management figures and the growing Irish management team.

 Opening the recruitment days, Minister Heather Humphreys, said: “It is fantastic to see the Midlands benefitting from the influx of an unprecedented 1,000 jobs.  I have been struck today by both the enthusiasm of the candidates and the commitment that Center Parcs demonstrates to hiring good people and developing great lifelong careers for them.  Today is a special day as we are witnessing not just the vast economic impact that Center Parcs will have, but the even greater social impact.

"The careers on offer here provide a generation of people in Longford and beyond with the opportunity to work and live at home here in the Midlands with their families.  I wish continued success to Center Parcs as it gears up to opening next year and I wish the candidates well on their new career path.”

Bowled over 

Commenting on the success of the Recruitment Open days, Daragh Feighery, General Manager of Center Parcs Longford Forest, said: “The turn-out for the first of our recruitment open day has bowled us over and we are so grateful to the people of the Midlands for their ongoing support as we start to focus on the main recruitment phase of our project..  Interest in the careers at Center Parcs Longford Forest first started three years ago and these jobs are soon to become a reality. At Center Parcs we offer fantastic career opportunities.

“We hire people with the right attitude to deliver a top notch guest experience and we equip them with the skills they need to do this.  With the caliber of people who attended today, I’m confident that I’ve met many of my future Longford Forest colleagues. All interested candidates should check in on www.centerparcscareers.ie to make sure they stay up to date on the opportunities on offer as they are advertised.”

When complete next year, the €233m Center Parcs resort will offer 466 lodges and 30 apartments to accommodate 2,500 guests.  During a Center Parcs short break, guests can enjoy more than 100 indoor and outdoor family activities, including the legendary Subtropical Swimming Paradise, and a range of restaurants and shops.  The development has created over 750 jobs during the construction phase and when operational, the village will employ up to 1,000 people in permanent jobs and provide a €32m boost to the economy.

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