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Parkdean Resorts supports next generation with Prince’s Trust partnership

A holiday park operator has pledged to “guide and nurture young talent” after signing a charity partnership.

Parkdean Resorts is working with The Prince’s Trust.

Bosses say the organisations will “empower and support young people seeking employment through a number of fundraising initiatives and development opportunities”.

The alliance will include work experience schemes across Newcastle-based Parkdean’s 66 holiday venues – which include sites in Northumberland and County Durham – with the operator also committing to raise at least £50,000 to launch 20-plus Trust-backed in-school programmes.

Kerry Turnbull-Murphy, head of people services at Parkdean Resorts, said: “A career in hospitality is truly rewarding, and can help young people to develop the skills and confidence to thrive both professionally and personally.

“The Prince’s Trust is the gold-standard when it comes to supporting young people, so we’re absolutely thrilled to be working with them to share our expertise and help guide and nurture young talent in the hospitality sector.”

Sharon Arbuckle, senior head of corporate partnerships at The Prince’s Trust, added: “Living through a pandemic has been devastating for young people; impacting their education, their social lives and limiting their options for getting a job.

“Parkdean Resorts already hires thousands of young people every year and provides development opportunities, so is the perfect partner to help us support young people in creating a future for themselves.”

  • Pictured, from left to right, are Alex Carmichael, lead corporate communications executive at Parkdean Resorts; Stacey Gallagher, senior employee engagement manager (corporate volunteering) at The Prince’s Trust; and Aisling Walsh, ESG communications manager at Parkdean Resorts