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September 24, 2013 07:00 ET

Woburn Forest Staff Training Begins

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Sept. 24, 2013) - With less than 200 days until Woburn Forest welcomes its first guests, Center Parcs has already started a programme to train its staff for the new village. With 47 colleagues already recruited, 90% of whom living less than 15 miles away, the campaign to find a further 1,453 staff is well underway with inductions and training starting this month.

The most recent training session for Woburn Forest staff took place on 16th and 17th of September. Twelve new starters, 9 of whom were new Housekeeping staff, attended the training which was held in the The Forest Centre at Marston Moretaine, just 3 miles from the Woburn Forest site.

"The Forest Centre was the ideal choice for training to take place" said Tracy Walker, Center Parcs Training and Development Manager, "not only is it local but the Centre has a similar environment to Center Parcs to help our new colleagues familiarise themselves. We also have an existing relationship with the Centre through the funding of the planting of more than 30,000 trees this year."

Fifty Woburn Forest colleagues will undergo training during September with the remaining staff, once recruited, being trained before March 2014. The training programme is an impressive one, with inductions and introductory training as well as a variety of specialist training.

Tracy added "We have more than 450 different training courses available and we are unique in the development of our teams. As part of the Woburn Forest training plan we have 60 induction programmes planned as well as more than 300 other courses before we open. From First Aid to massage training, our training will cover all the skills required for the 160 different roles at Woburn Forest."

Rob Sanders from Hertfordshire joined Center Parcs Woburn Forest as Training Manager from Easy Jet where he built up a wealth of experience. With his Woburn Forest Training team and a core team of trainers from our existing villages, he will be managing the training programme.

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Center Parcs Woburn Forest

Center Parcs is the UK's leading short breaks operator and every year over 1.7 million guests stay at the existing four villages each set in 400 acres of woodland. In spring 2014 Center Parcs Woburn Forest will open, a perfect location for families in London and the South East.

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