Bluestone opens up career opportunities for the New Year

By Megan Tapper

One of West Wales’ largest employers is undertaking a recruitment drive, providing wide-ranging career opportunities in the region this New Year.

Pembrokeshire based Bluestone National Park Resort is seeking to fill 50 full and part-time positions in a wide range of roles throughout the business near Narberth as it prepares for another busy year.

Debbie Rainbow, Human Resources director at the all-weather short break destination, which includes the Blue Lagoon water park, said they were seeking people wanting to make a career in the industry.

“We have a range of roles, from chefs to sales executives, housekeepers to activity instructors. There are a broad range of opportunities and they’re not just the sort of jobs people might think Bluestone employs,” said Debbie.

“We have a range of departments, from IT to accounts, marketing to food and beverage and maintenance. The opportunities at Bluestone are wide and varied and can be a great career opportunity.

The company is seeking chefs, front of house, activities instructors, spa therapists and housekeepers.

“Whether it’s people starting off on their career, looking for a change or returning to work, we provide a good package with training opportunities and qualifications.”

Bluestone is one of the biggest employers in Pembrokeshire, recruiting 90 per cent of its workforce from within a 30 mile radius of the park.

Since opening in 2008 Bluestone has gone from strength to strength, welcoming thousands of guests a year to enjoy luxury short breaks. The resort credits its continued success and popularity to its hardworking and dedicated workforce, many of whom have been with the company since the very start.

Take for example, Deborah Llewellyn from Fishguard who joined the company in 2008 as a salesperson.  She later moved to the security department where she continued to progress and has since won Employee of the Year Award for 2014.

“It meant so much to me to win Employee of the Year. I have fantastic colleagues and get to meet new people every day. One of the things I love most is being able to share my home of Pembrokeshire with our thousands of guests.”

And it’s not just Deborah who has climbed the career ladder at the five star national park resort.

Delma Lo, from Pembroke Dock, started working for Bluestone in 2008 as a housekeeper, cleaning the offices on resort. Since then, she’s progressed to supervisor and in 2012 became Linen Manager.

“Looking after the housekeeping needs of our resort and its 280 lodges has its challenges, but this job keeps me on my toes and I’ve learnt a lot along the way. I work with an amazing bunch of people – I couldn’t do it without them!”

Bluestone can count firefighters, rally drivers, former servicemen, Ironman athletes, pop stars and yoga teachers in its repertoire of interesting and unique employees.

Take for example Dafydd Lawrence, who joined Bluestone in 2011 as the IT Manager and has since progressed to Head of Information Systems. In addition to his full time role at the resort, Dafydd is a trained mountain rescue volunteer. On call 24/7, he regularly assists with everything from mountain rescues to finding missing persons to road traffic accidents.

“It’s very rewarding to be able to give something back to the people of Wales.” says Dafydd “and working at Bluestone is great because the staff are lots of fun.”

Consistently developing as a business and welcoming more and more visitors each year, Bluestone’s demand for staff members has continued to grow.

“There are fantastic career opportunities here at Bluestone” says Debbie Rainbow, Director of HR. “With such a diverse range of roles and opportunities on the resort, we feel there’s something for everyone at Bluestone, whatever their individual skillset may be.”

Those interested in a career at Bluestone can find further information on the career section of the website, www.bluestonewales.com/careers.

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