A holiday park operator with parks in the Lakes ha announced a partnership with a youth employment charity.

Parkdean Resorts said the agreement marks The Prince’s Trust’s first charitable partnership with a holiday park company.

The two will work to ‘empower and support young people seeking employment’, Parkdean said.

Through the partnership, Parkdean Resorts plans to join the Prince’s Trust’s ‘Get Hired’ scheme, which the operator said ‘bridges the gap between businesses looking for an efficient recruitment process and young people who are ready to move into work but are struggling to find the right opportunities’.

In addition, Parkdean Resorts said it will fundraise a minimum of £50k within the first two years to help The Prince’s Trust launch at least 20 in-school programmes for young people across the UK.

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.”

This year, Parkdean Resorts said it will hire 11,000 people, with over 10,000 seasonal and 750 permanent roles on offer, with 250 different careers available across its business.

Sharon Arbuckle, senior head of corporate partnerships at The Prince’s Trust, said: “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 hire thousands of young people every year and provide development opportunities, so they are the perfect partner to help us support young people in creating a future for themselves.”