We receive over 600 applications a year and so only the very best are invited to attend an interview! Here are some tips on how you can make your application stand out from the crowd.
Complete all sections of the application form.
Make us notice you – give us information about your experience working or volunteering with children as this is what we are most interested in.
Be clear and concise, but make sure the detail is there.
Make sure all the dates are correct and any gaps in employment or education are explained.
Be yourself – let your personality show, if your application makes us smile (or even laugh!) you are more likely to be invited to a selection.
We will normally confirm receipt of an application form within a week and give further details of how your application will be proceeding.
All job offers are subject to satisfactory references and DBS checks.
All Robinwood staff applicants need to provide three relevant referees, who could provide independent and informed comment on the applicant. These should ideally include a previous or current employer. References from friends or relatives will not be accepted.
All Robinwood staff also need to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Disclosure form prior to starting employment. If you attend an Orientation Day, this will be done on the day; if you are unable to attend, we will contact you to arrange this.
If we wish to pursue your application, we will have a short phone conversation with you then you will be invited to attend a Robinwood selection weekend. These take place at the Robinwood Old School Activity Centre in Todmorden throughout the year and run from 4.30 pm on Sunday through to 4.00pm on the Monday. Accommodation and food are offered free of charge.
Selection weekend tasks include:
1. An interview.
2. A design task.
3. A group entertainment.
4. Leading an activity for a group of candidates and participating in activities lead by other members of the group.
The whole experience is also planned to be enjoyed by all involved and to provide plenty of opportunity to find out about Robinwood.
Some companies in the outdoor industry may offer you a job as the result of an interview over the telephone. This is not possible with Robinwood. We take great care with our selection procedure and all new applicants must attend a selection day if they are to be considered for a job. This does involve additional time and work on your part, but it also gives you the opportunity to check us out, to see one of our centres and find out first hand from a range of staff what it’s like to work at Robinwood. Most people find this a very worthwhile and positive experience.
We’ve tried to include all the important information that you may need when considering an application to work at Robinwood. If you would like anything explaining in more detail or if you have any specific questions or queries please don’t hesitate to contact us.