Next generation of Gulliver’s managers begin career journey

The next generation of management at family-run theme park business Gulliver's have begun their training.

Four young people are embarking on an exciting and varied career in the dynamic environment of Gulliver's three theme parks.

Since a career in theme parks is a very distinct type of role, Gulliver's struggled to find a training programme that fit their business - so they developed their own! Ben Palmer, Michael Knight, Scott Hughes and Sally Haywood started the Gulliver's management training programme on the 22nd May. They have committed to a year-long process designed to immerse them in every aspect of Gulliver's business.

The four new trainees were selected from over 1,000 applicants through a recruitment process which included assessment days and theme park tours, plus activities to identify leadership and team working skills. Shortlisted candidates were also asked to pitch to a directorial panel their ideas for a new attraction for Gulliver's.

The successful four are already relishing their opportunity to join the Gulliver's management team at a time when the business, started in 1978 and this year celebrating their Ruby Jubilee, is rapidly expanding!

Dean Kimberley, Director of Guest Services at Gulliver's, said:

"There's nothing quite like a career at Gulliver's so we realised the only way to prepare for it was through our own Management Training Programme, hence the development of one! It's an in-depth 12-month programme covering all aspects of the theme parks. It involves placements and includes everything from catering to customer care, as well as event planning and ride management."

Ben Palmer, a participant on the programme, said:

"I'm really enjoying the programme! The process to apply was difficult but definitely worth it."

For more about Gulliver's, including details of attractions at its three family theme parks and opening times throughout the summer, visit

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