Summer Company Training Courses
With most summer companies you will receive some sort of training, be it a residential course prior to your season or training on-site or ideally both. Residential courses generally last about a week and are held at either a hotel or campsite depending on what you are doing, this can be in the UK or overseas. Most firms also give you further instruction during the early season on site specific issues and some of the more technical aspects of the job. Any company worth its salt will then offer continued training and support to help you achieve success. Many large summer operators employ dedicated trainers to deliver support whilst you are on the job.
Making a good impression
Summer season training courses, or the induction period, is a vital time to make a good impression and prove that whoever interviewed you was right in their choice. Many people go into training courses thinking that they are already there and do not give their full attention. This can be your undoing even at this stage; people will notice and you might miss vital information regarding procedures and tricks of the trade. It is hugely important that you make a good impression on training courses. Some companies overstaff training courses and reject people who don't perform before the course ends.
Prepare properly and listen
Before you get to training make sure you have read through all of the instructions sent by the employer. You wouldn't believe the basic items that people forget (passports, driving licenses for driving jobs etc). It always helps if you ask the odd question, it shows that you are serious about the job and are willing to have an open mind and learn from people. The best companies will send you a checklist of basic items to bring, (for the rest see our forums). You should be polite and realise the work that goes into putting these courses together. The most common traits in people who fail early on are a misunderstanding of the complexity of the job and an underestimation of the attention required during the course.
Make the most of it
To be successful in any kind of training you need to be receptive, flexible and have a genuine willingness to learn. At the end of the day training courses only ever last a few days or maybe a week or two at the most and you have the whole season ahead of you so get your head down and give your summer the best start possible.