Five students from Fairfield Farm College have started a new 12-month work placement project at Centre Parcs. The College, based in Dilton Marsh, delivers programmes to support young people with learning disabilities to learn new skills for the world of work. This exciting new project enables students to work in various areas of the popular tourist destination, whilst learning skills that will help them with their future career aspirations.

At the start of their exciting journey, the five students took part in an informal group interview with Center Parcs team. This was followed by a very successful induction day, where the students found out more about the company brand and ethos as well as fire safety and manual handling procedures.

Students are taking on a variety of roles; Brodie is working in the cycle centre, learning and developing skills in bike maintenance. Tom is working in the grounds team, keeping the site in top condition, using skills developed in his horticulture sessions at college where he is learning how to use tools and machinery to complete outdoor tasks and maintain the village. Tay is working in the staff restaurant, serving food to Center Parcs staff, using the till to process payments that she has learnt in the Fairfield Farm Café and Shop. Thomas is working with the head chef and his team to prepare food for all areas of the Center Parcs village, and finally Devon is a steward, working ‘back of house’ to keep all the service items clean and tidy.

Darren Barber, Careers Advisor from Fairfield Farm College said “We are incredibly proud to have started a new work placement project with Center Parcs.  The team have been truly outstanding in welcoming and supporting our students into the organisation, we couldn’t have asked for a better start to working with them.”