- Why Barracudas?
- Work for us
A: Barracudas acts as a Data Controller for the purposes of GDPR. To process your application and contract we need to collect personal details about you.
A: To work with us you need to be 18 years old. You can apply when you are 17 (as long as you turn 18 before the end of October) and your application will only allow you to select operational dates when you are 18. If you are unsure if you meet the criteria, please contact the office.
Please note, only our Huntingdon and Mill Hill camps operate in October.
A: Our applications usually become available around mid-December. We recommend you apply as soon as possible, as roles and spaces at Assessment Days are limited.
A: We have plenty of roles to choose from at camp. We advise you choose a role which you feel would be most suited to you, but most of all a role which you'll enjoy! On your online application form you will be able to pick two positions that most suit you. For further information regarding our roles at camp, please see our job roles section. If you find you're stuck in choosing which position would be best for you, please call us on 01480 497533.
A: Absolutely! Often we need more staff for certain weeks as the number of children booked into camp fluctuates from week to week. As long as you can work a week at Easter and two consecutive weeks at summer, please still apply selecting the dates that you are available. Typically the earlier weeks in the season are busier than the later weeks, but this varies from camp to camp. Our free training courses are still available to you and you are expected to undertake all induction training.
A: On receipt, we will read your application form and let you know if we feel you are suitable to progress to the next stage. If you are, we will invite you to continue the application process which varies depending on whether you have applied for a senior, general, or specialist role. Before working on camp we would like to meet you so all NEW Barracudas staff have to attend either a Senior Selection Day (if applying for a senior role) or an Assessment Day (if applying for a group/specialist role). Both of these days are non-paid, informal assessment days that provide both you and us a great opportunity to find out more about one another.
If you attend a Senior Selection Day, you will hear a response from us within 10 days. You will only hear from us after an Assessment day if we feel a Barracudas role isn’t quite right for you at this stage.
A: If the preferred dates you submit for the Senior Selection Day are fully booked, or you cannot attend due to your own availability, then your application will be placed on hold. If a space becomes available on your initial preferred dates, we will call you, similarly if your availability changes please call the office.
A: If the preferred dates you submit for an Assessment Day are fully booked we will call you to discuss an alternative day. If you are unable to attend an alternative date, we will not be able to process your application further and you will be placed on hold. If a space becomes available on your initial preferred dates we will call you similarly if your availability changes please call the office.
A: No. For safeguarding reasons there are specific details we require that your CV may not cover, so you must complete an online application form to be considered for a job with Barracudas.
A: No, there is no accommodation available for staff. Our camps operate from 08:00 – 18.00 and shifts vary between these times. You will need to live locally and be able to travel to the camp daily.
A: We currently have over 45 camp locations. Many of our camps are in the counties that border the M25. For full details, please visit the camps page.
A: On your application form you will be able to pick three locations and two job roles to apply for. If you can get to any other locations, please call us to discuss.
A: Very high! The more flexible you are with your locations and dates, the greater the chance of being offered a position with Barracudas, even after you have been placed on hold. Sometimes the number of roles available at each camp can also change as the number of bookings increase.
A: As we have to complete background checks with original identification and would like to meet you at one of our Assessment or Selection Days, it is advisable to apply once you are in the UK.
For your background checks you will need a letter of good conduct from any country that you have lived in for longer than two months. If you are not a UK resident you must ensure you have any relevant working permits and visas that demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK. We must receive original copies of any such documents.
If you successfully receive a contract with Barracudas, you must be able to provide us with UK bank details ahead of starting work in order to receive your wages.
It should also be noted that as we run day camps only, staff are required to provide their own accommodation.
A: Yes. You must have a valid DBS certificate at an Enhanced level issued through Barracudas in the last 3 years or have an Enhanced DBS that is signed up to the Update Service (we must see the original certificate). If you are new to Barracudas, a DBS check will be processed after you have attended an Assessment Day and you have signed your contract. If you are a returning member of staff this will be processed after you have signed your contract. If you are a senior member of staff your DBS will be processed once your contract is signed. The cost for an Enhanced DBS check is £48.00 and we will contribute 25% of the cost for all staff. The remaining £36.00 will be deducted from your wages.
If you attend a Barracudas training course in 2020 (including seniors attending Senior Training Day), then we will cover the full cost.
To carry out these checks, we need various forms of ORIGINAL identification and proof of current address. The full process will be explained to you by a member of the Recruitment & Training team if you need a DBS processed. New staff must bring their photographic identification (passport or driving licence) to the Selection or Assessment Day along with any other relevant forms of ID needed for your DBS. All staff need to show their photographic identification at their induction training day.
We will not discriminate against any applicant who may have a conviction. If you have a conviction or caution, this must be declared when you apply. We will consider it's relevance to the role you have applied for in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. If you have any questions regarding a conviction, please call us and a member of the Recruitment & Training team will be happy to discuss this with you in confidence.
We also ask you for two professional referees whom we will contact by email, one of which must be your most recent employer. If you are a returning member of staff we only need one new reference annually. They must know you on a professional or academic basis and cannot be a family member or a friend, unless you have been directly employed by them, i.e. babysitting. They cannot be a Barracudas staff member, for example your Camp Manager from a previous season.
Barracudas is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.
A: To submit an application, you can apply here. If you are a returning member of staff, you will be directed to the staff room, where you can enter your username and password (created when you were making an account with us) and this will take you straight to your account. If you cannot remember your password, click: “forgot your password” and follow the instructions. Alternatively call the office on 01480 497533.