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6:26 AM 2nd March 2022
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The Best Office With The Best Views!

Trainee boat masters Anca Nistor (left), Douglas Henderson and Charlotte Thornborrow (right of frame)
Trainee boat masters Anca Nistor (left), Douglas Henderson and Charlotte Thornborrow (right of frame)
Windermere Lake Cruises’ latest group of trainee boat skippers have appealed to others to come and join them working on the waters of Windermere.

The trainees say England’s longest lake is the “best office in the country!” and there are varied job opportunities to be had.

Windermere Lake Cruises, one of the country’s leading tourist attractions, is hosting a recruitment day this coming Sunday (March 6th) as it looks to fill around 100 seasonal vacancies ahead of this year’s peak holiday season.

Doug Henderson, currently undergoing training to become a boat master,” says: “This is a wonderful place to work. When you look down the length of Windermere it is absolutely breath-taking!”

Doug is 64 and previously worked in training and development. He’s done seasonal work with Windermere Lake Cruises for the last few years and enjoyed the work so much he is now looking forward to becoming a boat master.

“The reason I decided to come and work for Windermere Lake Cruises is I’m a massive extrovert – I just love talking to people!” he says.

“I get my energy from it. You meet such a diverse range of people. This is a lovely place to work and it’s also very flexible so you can fit the job round you to a great extent.”
Trainee boat masters Anca Nistor (left), Douglas Henderson and Charlotte Thornborrow (right of frame)
Trainee boat masters Anca Nistor (left), Douglas Henderson and Charlotte Thornborrow (right of frame)

Charlotte Thornborrow,26, is another boat master trainee – deciding to take the plunge and try to qualify as a skipper after first joining the company for seasonal work last summer.

“It’s one of the best offices you could wish for,” says Charlotte, a graduate in wildlife conservation from Nottingham University and Kendal born and bred.

“As the seasons change it is just so beautiful to look out on. I’d encourage anyone to come along to the recruitment day and have a look at the job opportunities available. It’s a great place to work.”

Becoming a boat master involves intensive training in nautical skills, fire safety, first aid and gaining the required Maritime Coastguard Agency qualifications. But there are jobs in a wide variety of other roles also available.

The recruitment day takes place on Sunday, March 6 from 10am to 4pm, on board the company’s newest vessel MV Swift, at Bowness Pier. It’s open to anyone.

Current staff will be on board MV Swift along with HR specialists to talk through the vacancies available and to show people around the high-tech new vessel.

Web: www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk
Twitter: @Windermereboats
Facebook: www.facebook.com/windermerelakecruises