Line managers help you to develop in your job
All Robinwood staff have a line manager assigned to support them throughout their employment and to help them develop within their role at Robinwood.
Line managers want you to enjoy your work
Line managers are keen to see that members of their line team enjoy their work and to feel engaged in it. They aim for every member of their team to feel listened to and supported throughout their work, with plenty of opportunity to develop and grow in their time at Robinwood.
Line managers have frequent job chats with members of their team and if you have any queries, problems or ideas your line manager is always a good person to speak to.
As well as job chats your line manager will observe activity sessions and give feedback to help you develop and improve, both in delivering activity sessions and the role of group leader as a whole.
Line team meetings
Line teams also get together, generally twice each season for line team meetings, at which different aspects of working at Robinwood can be discussed, with proposals put forward and feedback gathered from the staff team.
It’s an extremely active job with a great social side too
No two days are ever the same – the kids keep it interesting!
At Robinwood we have an extremely good work/life balance
It’s a great atmosphere with great people and our office is outside
It’s more play than work and you really do make a positive difference to so many young people’s lives. Just such a happy and rewarding environment
Even after a 12 hour shift I go home smiling
So much variety, every day is different!
The people who work here are awesome!!
I like being able to work outside and being paid to have fun
You get to work with lots of people who are enthusiastic to do the job
For those moments when a child does something they never believed they could do; then they make you laugh uncontrollably and when the staff all muck in together to make sure the kids have a great time
Ideas and skills are encouraged to develop activities and It’s great seeing a project finished and being enjoyed by children and staff
The training team
At each centre we have a training team made up of a manager and staff in range of different positions, including group leaders. This provides the opportunity for staff at all levels who are interested to get involved, to help decide on aspects of the training provided, including the allocation of money from the training budget.
Wide ranging training options
We get independent experts and staff from within Robinwood to deliver centre based training on a range of topics including;
Working SEN children
Mental health awareness
Consultation takes place, through the training team, with the staff at each centre on the training we provide.
Canoeing and Climbing Development Days
Our senior instructors and training instructors run training days at a variety of venues to develop canoeing and climbing skills. All staff have the opportunity to develop. from whatever their current level is and over time to gain national governing body qualifications which can be great for career progression, all paid for and supported by Robinwood.
Some development days take place during work time, but we also offer additional opportunities outside of work time, enabling staff to progress at their own pace to achieve coaching qualifications.
Nationally recognised awards available to all staff, paid for by Robinwood include;
Climbing Instructor Awards
Canoe / Paddlesports Skills Awards
Canoe / Paddlesports Coaching Awards
Many more awards can be achieved
These initially include;
Other training opportunities are available paid for by Robinwood, sometimes resulting in nationally recognised qualifications and often taking place as a result of line manager consultation on development options.
The best way to really understand what is involved with working at Robinwood is to deliver a Robinwood course for a group of children, and that is why everyone who works at Robinwood starts as a group leader, regardless of their previous experience.
For committed staff with the right qualities, we have many opportunities to progress and good career prospects.
Staff can progress, through a series of promotions from Course Leader, to Senior Course Leader, then Senior Instructor and on to Manager Roles.
There are also increments available for different areas of responsibility including; Lead Cleaners, Lead Cooks, Grounds and Maintenance staff. The role of Training Instructor is another increment offered, which (with appropriate qualifications held) involves delivering training to staff and completing safety checks on activity equipment.
The range of options available means that, from the starting point of group leader, staff can choose the next steps they would like to take, dependent on their own strengths and interests.
Our vision at Robinwood is to make a really positive difference developing children – one of the most worthwhile things that anyone can do in a job! We hope that by listening to staff and investing in their development we can make a positive difference in the lives of those who work for the company.
Robinwood runs various schemes and events with the aim of supporting various charitable causes and the local community.
Everyone who works at Robinwood starts work as a group leader, regardless of their previous experience.
As well as group leading, staff do a number of additional duties including night duties, sitework days, wake-up and bedtime shifts, and some catering shifts. For committed staff with the right qualities there are great career development opportunities for promotion to many positions through the company right up to manager level.
We have an open-minded policy on staff appointments and our values-based selection process means that if you are a positive, enthusiastic and caring person who can really inspire the children we work with, and you would like to be part of an award-winning team, we would very much welcome an application from you!
Simply complete our quick contact form on the next page and one of our team will be in touch to continue our easy application process.