Mission: To develop children as individuals and as members of a team, with safety, enjoyment and learning as our priorities. Vision: To make a really positive difference in developing children.
“CRY ‘HAVOC’ AND let slip the dogs of war,” an employee at Robinwood Activity Centre wrote on the company website’s “staff insights” section after a tag archery team-building day. This business runs residential activity courses for primary school children and the gung-ho team leaders practise what they preach.
Founded in 1993 by managing director Martin Vasey, this operation is based at three activity centres — two near the head office in Todmorden, Lancashire, and a third in Alston, Cumbria. Members of the 256-strong workforce are young, with a third of employees aged 21 to 25 and only a fifth upwards of 35. They teach children aged seven to 11 through adventurous problem-solving activities such as caving and raft-building, along with the team challenges Piranha Pool and Dungeon of Doom.
People love working for this organisation, an 85% positive score on this measure, ranking it fourth among mid-size enterprises, and consider that it is run on strong values (88%, sixth). What makes this operation unbeatable, employees say, is the fairness of pay compared with similar jobs in equivalent organisations (84%, first).
The most common role, group leader, typically earns an average salary of £15,371 plus £900 in bonuses. Contracts are permanent and year-round, whether full- or part-time; promotions are made from within the ranks; most school holidays are time off; and the business even throws in a house purchase assistance scheme.
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