MORE than 450 people are celebrating a jobs boost after being taken on by Blackpool Pleasure Beach as it gears up for the summer season.
The jobs, such as ride operators and customer service staff, have been snapped up in the last three weeks.
David Cam, director and secretary at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, said: “These are real jobs mostly taken up by local people from now right through until November.
“We have 210 full time employees and there is also going to be the 120 or so jobs created in the concessionaire organisations.
“Our brand new Wallace and Gromit ride has created about eight new staff roles and by the height of the season we will have taken on another 800 workers. So Blackpool will have the benefit of the wages of more than 1,200 people being spent in the area. That money will go into the Blackpool economy.”
The attraction, which opened its doors on Saturday, will be open at weekends for thrills and spills until Good Friday. Then it is open all day right through until mid November. The company says it tries to employ local contractors for work being carried out on the Pleasure Beach.
Mr Cam added: “We are very keen to employ local staff and when we buy, we source things locally where possible – everything from sausages to milk. It makes sense to keep costs down and have a reliable delivery.”
He said although many of the jobs were only temporary, the company puts great effort into training staff on communications skills, teamwork, customer relations and health and safety to boost their CVs.
He said: “Many of theses skills are transferable and we work with Blackpool Council on employment skills. We take on all ages, from students to some older people who only want to work part time or seasonally and a lot of people come back year after year because it is a fun place to work.”