From driving a land train to cuddling chickens, Kent Life Heritage Farm Park has 30 jobs on offer

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DO you fancy cuddling   chickens for a living? How about hosting kids’ parties, driving a land train or cooking pizza?

If so, Kent Life Heritage Farm Park might have a job for you.

 Keith Hope, 51, joined Kent Life last summer after years as a driving instructor - he's now chuffed to be behind the wheel of the park's land train Keith Hope, 51, joined Kent Life last summer after years as a driving instructor – he’s now chuffed to be behind the wheel of the park’s land train

The award-winning attraction in Maidstone celebrates the county’s  countryside and farming heritage  and wants 30 staff to fill  key roles.

You must be friendly, out-going and know the importance of  customer service — as well as willing to get stuck in to all sorts of challenges, whatever the weather.

Keith Hope, 51, joined Kent Life last summer after years as a driving instructor.

He works five days a week, including weekend shifts when the attraction is at its busiest.

 The award-winning attraction in Maidstone celebrates the county’s  countryside and farming heritage  and wants 30 staff to fill  key roles The award-winning attraction in Maidstone celebrates the county’s  countryside and farming heritage  and wants 30 staff to fill  key roles

Keith’s day includes driving the land train, which carries visitors around the 28-acre attraction.

He is also on the site maintenance team, responsible for painting and decorating, fixing gates and repairing paddock fences and stable doors.

Keith, from Whitstable, Kent, said: “This is the best job I’ve ever had and I enjoy being part of a large, happy team.

“I also love meeting the children, who are so excited to be here. They ask me questions about the park and animals.

 If you love working with animals and kids, it could be the job for you If you love working with animals and kids, it could be the job for you

“You need to be able to get on with people — the visitors and your colleagues. There is a camaraderie among the staff and I am sure that helps  give visitors a great experience when they visit.”

If you would like to join the team, see kentlife.org.uk for more details.

KEY WORDS THAT WORK WONDERS

GOOD communication is an important part of working effectively – but there is a knack. Here, author Mark Rhodes, below, shares his tips on how to do it well.

❶ When people call or come to see you, set a friendly tone by asking: “How can I help?”. This raises the mood of the other person and lets them say what’s on their mind.
❷ Don’t over-react to what seems like bad news. Instead, opt to respond as if you may have misunderstood, especially in an email.
❸ If someone is not doing something or making excuses, do not label them as lazy. Instead, ask: “Are you OK with what needs to be done. Is there anything you are concerned about or need some help with?”
❹ If asked a difficult question, or you are unsure about how to reply, stay calm. In most situations it is fine to respond with: “Let me check a few things and I will get back to you.”
How To Talk To Absolutely Anyone: Confident Communication for Work, Life and Relationships by Mark Rhodes is out now (Capstone, £10.99).

Don’t let childcare stifle your career

THE high cost of  childcare can make returning to work  after starting a family seem impossible – but help is out there.

A variety of  government initiatives  are available, including:

 The high cost of  childcare can make returning to work  after starting a family seem impossible – but help is out there The high cost of  childcare can make returning to work  after starting a family seem impossible – but help is out there

Help finding the right role: Jobcentre Plus work coaches give personalised support to find a job that fits around your childcare needs.

If you are claiming Universal Credit, it is now easier to combine work and parenting. You can take on part-time, flexible or temporary jobs to get the experience to secure a permanent position.

Free childcare hours: All  three and four-year-olds in England are entitled to 15 hours of free childcare a week. And  if you are in work, you could get 30 free hours.

Rebate on childcare costs:  In work and receiving Universal Credit? You can claim up to 85 per cent of your childcare costs.

Speaking about the options, Family Support Minister Kit Malthouse said: “As a dad of three, I know how tough it can be to balance family commitments.

“We provide a range of support, making it easier for parents to get back into work and kick-start their careers.”

For more information, search “childcare” at gov.uk.

Jobspot

CAFFE Nero wants a full-time receptionist at its Covent Garden HQ in central London. See caffenero.com.

India is Super success

SUPERDRUG  wants to recruit 500 young people for its Pathways  scheme.

It means a 12-month paid contract  with a retail skills level-two apprenticeship.

 India Bailey, 18, left school in 2016 and joined  the scheme at her local Superdrug   in Trowbridge, Wiltshire India Bailey, 18, left school in 2016 and joined  the scheme at her local Superdrug   in Trowbridge, Wiltshire

Around  75 per cent of people who get a qualification will land permanent roles in the business, with a chance  to continue to team leader and management jobs.

India Bailey, 18, left school in 2016 and joined  the scheme at her local Superdrug   in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. After  graduating, she moved to the firm’s HQ in Croydon, South London, for more training.

From September, she will  be a team leader at the Trowbridge store. India, above right,  said: “I can’t wait to see where my career takes me. I’m hoping one day for a senior role at head office.”

See superdrug.jobs.

Jobspot

YOUR Move Estate Agency needs a trainee sales consultant for its Leicester branch. See your-move. co.uk/careers.

STAY ON TOP AFTER 50

AUTHOR and career expert Kerry Hannon shares her tips for work success after 50:

AUTHOR and career expert Kerry Hannon shares her tips for work success after 50:
❶ Stay on top with tech and changes in your field.
❷ Look your best. Interviewers do judge a book by its cover.
❸ Know that your skills and past experience are transferable.
❹ Currently unemployed? Volunteer to avoid CV gaps.
Kerry is author of Great Jobs for Everyone 50+ (Wiley, £15.99).

Jeremy Kyle and the Sunemployment Roadshow returns to help the public find jobs

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