Award-winning people development
October 2018 - Our People Development Manager at our Scotland locations, Tom Sherry, was recently awarded a Michael Kelly outstanding student award at the CIPD People Management Awards for his work with Callander Youth Project Trust to provide a Modern Apprenticeship in hospitality services to Forest Holidays’ team members. Apprentices say they feel energised by the course, happier in their work and are looking forward to their futures at Forest Holidays.
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Working at Forest Holidays isn't just an ordinary job. Meet some of our team and find out about their journey, what attracted them to Forest Holidays, and what they've got planned for the future.
I joined Forest Holidays because the working environment is similar to what I had done in the past, managing safari lodges, and I love the variety of the job in a natural location.
I started as Support Crew - Operations in May 2011. I then progressed to Forest Ranger in early 2012 but wanted more responsibility. I progressed to Operations Manager by the end of 2012. Then took on the role of Deputy General Manager in 2017.
I was supported by the HR Director at the time, Helen, who appointed me as Operations Manager. I completed the Forest Holidays Management Development Programme in 2015 which was very helpful but also enjoyable. I have since been supported by my Cluster General Manager for Yorkshire, Julia, in my transition to Deputy General Manager..
Keep learning as much as I can from my Manager. Maybe do another course? Ultimately I'm looking forward to running my own location as a General Manager, but a small one to start with!
I joined Forest Holidays as part of the opening team at Blackwood Forest back in 2013. My role then was Operations Manager.
I put a lot of effort into learning all the different elements involved in working on one of our locations and in 2015 was promoted to the position of General Manager at Blackwood Forest.
I was supported by my General Manager, who is still my mentor today. My General Manager recognised that I had the potential to be the General Manager of a location one day. I won a place on the first Management Development Programme, and I’m using the theory learnt in the workshops and applying it to the real life situations of managing a front line team to deliver extraordinary experiences for our guests.
I’m only six months in to my new role, I’ve set the budget for Blackwood Forest for the first time and am determined to have a successful year by delivering to guests, motivating and leading my team, and protecting and enhancing the forest today and tomorrow.
I wanted to join a company that was concerned for the environment that our products exist within, I've also always enjoyed nature so Forest Holidays fitted the bill on two fronts. Having worked in small and large companies in the past, Forest Holidays seemed like a happy medium.
I took a little over a year to fully bed in to the team, the technologies, and the business. At that point I was approached by my boss to progress into a team lead role. I was cautious at first as my strength has always been the technical side of things and I felt like I needed some additional support to succeed in this role.
I was put forward to attend Forest Holidays’ excellent Management Development Program (MDP) with a great group of other team members and, as a result, I know myself better and I feel more able to manage my team.
I now manage a team of four and we are making great strides forwards to further improve the efficiency and quality of what we produce and how we go about it. I plan to stay in this role, working with my growing team to achieve great things.
I wanted to work for a company that supported its employees and developed them. The location is also beautiful and the perfect place to enjoy the working day.
I started with the company in 2014 working in the Forest Retreat as part of the support crew and a cabin supervisor, I thoroughly enjoyed my time here but was looking at taking on more responsibility. In September 2015 I was promoted to Cabin Manager and am thoroughly enjoying the new challenges and opportunities that this has to offer.
I have been supported strongly by the management team and also through the available training both internally and externally. Forest Holidays was offering external training in various business areas which was fantastic, I enrolled on the BTEC level 2 in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Hospitality Services) and successfully completed this in October 2015. During this time I was promoted to Cabin Manager in September 2015, which is a role I am enjoying greatly and thriving from the new challenges. I am now considering doing another course in Leadership / Management with the help from the company and who knows where this might then lead in my career.
I am enjoying my current role and want to ensure that my team develop themselves also. I want to ensure our location is leading the way and are number one for customer satisfaction. Personally, I would like to do another course and who knows where that might lead?