Work for Us - FAQs
Working For Us - FAQ's
Below are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about the application process and working for Ultimate Activity Camps.
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Why should I work for UAC?
- We pay our staff more than other holiday providers! Our hourly rates are higher in like for like roles than at other providers!
- You will further your experience working with children of different ages and backgrounds
- You will receive training and experience in many activities including archery, quad biking and zorbing
- We offer flexible employment options that fit around your other commitments! Whether your looking for as much work as possible or a part time role that fits your needs - we have full or part season roles available
- You will work with a great team of people and make new friends for life
- Studying a related field at university? The hours you work on camp can count as placement/coaching hours on College/University courses. We will help complete any necessary paperwork for you
- Unlike many providers we subsidise DBS Clearances if you do not hold a current disclosure
- Working for Ultimate Activity Camps means you will be working outdoors, enjoying the summer sunshine
- You will be joining a highly respected company with an excellent OFSTED record
- You will get paid for having fun and inspiring children during the holidays (is there a better reason?!)
What are the working hours?
Camp Managers and Early Years Managers work 8am - 6pm, other staff from 8.30am - 5.30pm. All staff receive a 30 minute lunch break. Our camps are open Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays.
Do I have to work all season?
No, we accept applications if you only want to work for part of your holidays, just make it clear on your application when you are looking for work and when you are unavailable.
Do I have to commit to all seasons?
No, not at all! You can apply for 1, 2 or 3 seasons, just make it clear on your application what holidays you are applying for. We are pretty sure you will love working at Ultimate Activity Camps and will end up working all the holidays you can anyway!
Do I have to arrange a DBS check prior to starting?
All staff working on our camp will require a current DBS Enhanced Disclosure. If necessary we can arrange this on your behalf and we will make a 50% contribution to the cost of the disclosure.
Are your Camps residential?
No, we are unable to offer accommodation at any of our camps, so you will be required to travel to and from camp every day.
How old do you need to be to work on Camp?
As all of our instructors are responsible for leading activities and for the general welfare of children on camp, we do require all applicants to be over 18 years of age.
When will I be paid?
Staff will be paid at the end of each camp season. During the Summer you will be paid at the end of July for work completed in July, and then at the end of camp for work completed in August. Please allow up to 10 working days from the end of camp for pay to arrive in your account.
How big are your group sizes?
For our Junior Groups the maximum size is 8 children per instructor, 6-7 age group the maximum is 14 children per instructor and for the older groups 16 children per instructor.
I've submitted an application, when should I receive a response?
We will begin shortlisting our Easter and Summer applicants in December 2017. From this stage we aim to reply to all our applicants within 3 weeks of receiving their application, regardless of the season for which you have applied. We will always keep you up to date with the progress of your application.
What happens if I have made an application?
Once you have submitted an application we will review it and if we feel you have the right qualifications and experience a member of our recruitment team will be in contact for a short telephone interview. If we feel you do not match what we are looking for, we will inform you by email that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion. We are unable to give individual feedback.
When should I receive a response following my telephone interview?
If you are successful after your interview we will either be able to offer you a position, or you will be placed on our reserve list until a suitable role is found for you (which happens in 99.5% of cases!). We will contact you within 2 weeks of your interview with the outcome.
I have been placed on a reserve list, what does this mean?
If we are unable to offer you a firm position, we may ask to place you on our reserve list. This means that you are invited to our training day (but you are not obliged to attend).As we continue to take bookings and our camps get busier, or if another member of staff drops out or is ill, we will be able to offer you work. Whilst there is no guarantee of employment, if the past seasons have proved anything it is that we rely on our reserves and so a strong attendance at training will ensure you are at the front of the queue when work becomes available (which it more than likely does!) If you do not wish to be on the reserve list, just let us know.
When is the training day?
All staff are required to attend a pre-camp Training and Assessment Day on a designated Saturday before beginning on camp. Early Years Managers and Camp Managers will be required to also attend on the Sunday to complete more in depth training specific to their role and responsibilities. Food and accommodation on Saturday night is provided if required. October 2017 Instructor Training day is 14th October 2017, with manager training on 15th October 2017. Please note training is unpaid and a requirement of your employment.
Training and assessment day, what's involved?
Training day is when you will learn all about UAC, your role, and everything you need to know to be part of our team. We run workshops covering Health and Safety, Camp Paperwork, Safeguarding Children, as well as delivering activities and specific training in some of our more complex activities! It’s a great fun day where you get to meet your colleagues and those from other camps.
What is Camp Induction Day and when is it?
Camp Induction Day is the final part of training and takes place at your Camp usually the weekend before camp opens. This is a half day and is a chance for you to meet your colleagues, get familiar with the camp and most importantly, get ready for the children! Our staff are required to attend a Camp Induction prior to each season they work. Please be aware that it is unpaid and a requirement of your employment.