Stockvale offers many opportunities for growth and development. All of our promotion opportunities are released internally, giving all of our team the chance to further their abilities. Working for Stockvale truly offers the potential for a life long career.
Below are some stories from our very own team members who have achieved a promotion within Stockvale, and the stories of their journey within the company:
“Ever since I was a little girl I have always wanted to be an Adventure Island Ride Host! I started college and I was finally ready to apply; so I did and after being successful I was offered a job – at Sealife Adventure. I didn’t even know at this point that the Aquarium was part of Adventure Island and truth be told I was shocked, scared and gutted I wouldn’t be operating rides. Although I never had Sealife in mind I wouldn’t change my department, my team or managers for the world. I continued as a Sealife host for 2 seasons and as time went on I realised that I wanted to progress further in the company as had enjoyed my time within Sealife and had the desire to learn more and lead a team the way in which I was led, and I eventually was fortunate to be selected as a Performance Leader. During my time in the PL role I have had the opportunity perform in other job roles such as completing interviews and inductions, leadership sessions, helping to organise The Stockvale Star Awards and working in many areas across the company. The role has taught me several things and helped build my confidence and ability to talk to large groups. I am extremely grateful for all the guidance and look forward for this to continue as I continue my education in teaching as well as completing my new role as Performance Leader Supervisor.
– Melissa, Performance Acting Manager at Adventure Island
Back in school I struggled with many academic subjects which made school considerable harder. Very early on I was told I had dyslexia and gaining no help or support from the school, I struggled to find what I was good at or even enjoyed. I finish school gaining good GCSE’s due to hard study and commitment and moved onto college. My school days may be irrelevant to work however, the point I was making is never let struggle define you, never let it push you down in life and make you feel inadequate. If you want something work for it, you will appreciate the outcome as I have and I feel so proud I didn’t let the setbacks in school, set me back in what I was good at now. When I was promoted I couldn’t be happier.
Stockvale, you have all supported me throughout and I have never felt a point where I have been on my own and had no guidance. I feel I have a bond with you all and I can confidently say I’m so happy to have the best team ever! “
– Jenny, Acting Manager at The Three Shells
“In the summer of 2017, at the age of 16, I made my application to Adventure Island, signing my very first contract in early July. In all honesty, I found my first few days very challenging, considering I was quite quiet, lacked in confidence and never really saw myself ever having a job quite like this one, causing me to doubt my own decisions. But after my first couple weeks I began to enjoy what I was doing; my confidence was improving, and I was making a lot of new friends. My journey at Adventure Island so far has been amazing, leading me to push boundary’s and achieve things I never would have seen myself doing.
Mt first season was a huge confidence boost for me then the very next year I achieved two 1st place finishes along with two 2nd place finishes (coming second to two of the best hosts I have ever seen and who I strived to be as good as, if not better) along with me having a very, very successful Star Awards evening, with my amazing department finishing 2nd overall and winning 8 out of the 10 awards I had been nominated for by the absolutely amazing colleagues and friends that have helped me throughout this tremendous journey.
And now all of this has led me to start a completely new adventure after following my promotion to an acting team leader, which I am incredibly grateful for. I hope that all the skills that I have learnt, all the coaching I have received and all the amazing help I have been given can allow me to me to become the best that I can be as an acting team leader.”
– Bobby, Team Leader, 2018 Stars League Top Scoring Host
“I started in July 2016 as ride host for West Overs as one of my first real jobs. One day Jake Lewis (now my Acting Assistant Manager) approached me asking what my plan is and have I thought of leader, after spending the day thinking about those words I decided from that day on I was going to become a Team Leader. I then spent the Spring League proving I was a top performer pushing myself to the limit with Jake Lewis by my side. Then June comes around where I then received the position of Acting Team Leader. The past year has been an upward climb where I have reached good level of leading capacity, however I am ever looking to improve myself for the better of the team and the company.
Education achievements through the company include, First Aid, IOSH and Fire Marshall. To all my leaders and team mates you are the ones that make this job what it is – so thank to you.”
– Jack, Rides Supervisor
“February 2011 I applied for what I thought was going to be a summer job to get me through collage. I became a Ride Host at the young age of 17 and had a great season learning all the rides; I enjoyed it so much that I kept coming back. After two seasons of Ride Host under my belt my third season came around and I became Rides Acting Team leader, after a few months I became Rides Team Leader and had my own team to work with. Fast forward another two seasons and with a lot more experience I had left the rides behind and became a Performance Leader, I went on to learn a few other departments and in turn how to score them. Being a Performance Leader was my path for around 2 ½ years and we are now in mid-2017 which is when I became the Acting Supervisor of the Treasury department, this was when I started learning a whole other side to Stockvale and a new set of skills. After a few months’ work and getting to grips with the job it was now the end of 2017 and I became Treasury Supervisor. I have spent the past year as Treasury Supervisor and am very excited to start 2019 as the Treasury Acting Assistant Manager, all the different roles I have done have played a big part in helping me get to where I am now and just a quick thank you to Marc Miller, James Miller and even Jake Redfearn for the guidance and support over the past year and I can’t forget my little treasury team for being such a pleasure to work with.”
–Zoe, Treasury Acting Manager
”I first joined the company in May 2017 as a ride host for the West overs A during my gap year. Whilst waiting to follow my dreams I fell in love with my job and everyone I worked with. After working my way to the top of my department with the help of my incredible leaders I became an acting Team Leader myself, and headed over to the photos team for the best part of a summer. Over the past year and a bit I’ve been lucky enough to lead and work with so many great departments; photos, rangers, west overs A and b, west unders and adventure inside. I’ve enjoyed every single minute of my journey and have met so many incredible people along the way from the hosts all the way up to the management team, and can honestly say I’ve been changed for the better for having been here. I’d like to say thank you to everyone single person who has helped me along the way. If I mentioned every name we’d be here forever because I simply have so many great things to say about all of you. However, a special mention has to go to: my first leaders Ciaran and Felix for shaping me into the best host I could be, Hollie for always providing that healthy competition, Kayla and Jamie for the incredible training and for welcoming me into their teams and to the incredible management team for believing in me and mentoring me every step of the way. I cannot wait to see what the future holds as a full team leader!”
– Millie, Team Leader
”I started as a ride host back in August 2015, as a west under. I wasn’t a very out-going person i was shy and didn’t talk much, it was also as a west under I met one of my closest friends, she was the complete opposite to me, but somehow that bonded us more. It was with Hollie i received my first 100, while doubled on American Whip.
I turnt 18 just after being a west under for a little under a month, and became a West overs where I met many of my friends, a very special and important one is named Kennedy. That rainy day on Fury changed me, and bruised me, but it was most definitely one of the best days iv ever worked. Ramba Zamba was my first overs ride, many memories and summer days spent doing the macarena, and shouting oggy oggy oggy out the window. I learnt many rides Big wheel and Fireball being my favourite and often called my home. I couldn’t have thanked my leader Mr Jake Lewis hard enough, he pushed me to the best I could be, and still pushed me further, if it wasn’t for you Mr Lewis I don’t think id be the annoying person you know today, so blame him people he made me this way. After 2 years I decided that I would like to go for Team Leader as I wanted to help and inspire my own team the way Mr Lewis inspired me, I didn’t get it the first time round, but that didn’t stop me, with the help and support from all my leaders, supervisors and managers, I finally received a phone call (halfway through a Mario kart race) to say I had been given the role of Acting Leader, I was over the moon so over the moon that I didn’t realise I hadn’t paused the game (thanks Redfearn i lost) Over the year I learnt how to lead; West under, West overs A, West overs B, Adventure inside, and the cashiers and even dabbled in customer services. It was a tough year many ups and many downs, and many meetings, but I didn’t give up I was going to prove im worthy of the role. I guess my hard work paid off, as earlier this year I got the news that I was to become the full leader of the east cashiers, I literally jumped for joy, ask Elysia she was there, im so happy and honoured to have the cashiers as my team, and I look forward to making memories and helping and inspiring many future Stockvale leaders.
I look forward to the years to come. ”
– Lottie, Team Leader
I’ve had quite a journey since I joined the company in 2016 as a ride host in Adventure Inside. Through strong mentorship from the likes of Kennedy, Jake L, Elysia, Helena, Ellis and many more, I soon became the self-motivated person that I am today. Shortly into my career at Stockvale I began to strive to be the best host that I could possibly be, with a few very near misses at trying to win the overall league for our star awards. I must mention that a crucial factor in my accomplishments thus far was my friendly competition, and one of my closest work friends- Connor. Whilst I try to not inflate your ego, it would not be fair to say without this bond I would be where I am today. After 10 months of hard work I managed to achieve a promotion to “Acting Team Leader” where I was given the chance to work closely with those who inspired me at the beginning, and receive some of my most valuable life experience so far from people like James and Jake R. Having been one of the first leaders to take on a brand new department under our management team (Cashiers). This taught me how to motivate, inspire, and nurture teams of people- allowing them to develop lifelong skills and confidence that they perhaps were unaware that they had. Following this I moved onto my next stage of “Team Leader” where I learned to take responsibility for my very own department- “East Cashiers”. Here I learned how to make quick decisions and build a culture for our department to feel like a family. I was extremely proud of how far they had come. I was also given the opportunity to take ownership of running Adventure Inside during the week- not bad running a building at 19! After a year of diverting my attention to my own team, I was offered the opportunity of joining the Customer Services and Sales department, where I was welcomed with open arms. Whilst this postponed the time it would take to climb the hierarchy further I was delighted with this decision. The position has taught me a lot about the company and about myself- knowledge and skills that I will forever hold onto. I would especially like to Thank Andrew, Melissa, Elysia, James and Marc for helping me get to this stage in my career, as I am delighted to announce my new position of “Acting Supervisor”. I am very excited for what is to come and would like to congratulate everyone who made it to the end of this Bio. If I haven’t mentioned your name, please know that every single person I have had the pleasure of working with has helped me get to where I am today. It would simply take too long to thank everybody for everything individually! Thank you all.
– Jacob , Supervisor
I started working at Adventure Island in July 2015 in the summer season as a ride host for the West Unders Rides department. I have had several achievements since working for Stockvale, including such things as; top of department for both west unders and west overs A. I also won the spring league as a host for West Overs A, winning £75. There are many skills that I have developed through my time spent as a host. Some of the skills include working effectively as part of a team and also learning how to coach and mentor other hosts and inspire them on how to get up to the 90’s criteria and be in that star category. My best memory of being a ride host was the fun filled atmosphere that was always in the air at the park. There was not a day that I didn’t enjoy being on rides, even on the hot days and bank holidays, nothing ever phased me. I also enjoyed being in the team that I was in as well, everyone was so warm and friendly and we were more like a family than just colleagues. Another memory of when I became a leader was when we had a morning meeting on communication where we got into partners and we had to guide our fellow leader around a course whilst they were blindfolded. This helped to bond the leadership team I feel.
From doing a year of a full team leader, running my department and getting them up towards the top of the stars league, I was then offered the position of ‘Acting Supervisor.’ Of course I did not hesitate to say yes to the position. Not bad being 20 and being an acting supervisor of a company that I love! Working with amazing people such as Jake Lewis, James Miller, Elysia Clack and Jake Redfearn has also helped me massively as my progression as a leader to acting supervisor. I would like to thank them as well as my other fellow leaders for helping me and supporting me through everything that I have done. I would not of been able to get where I am today in my leadership if it wasn’t for these people, they are truly inspirational and I have so much respect for each and every single one of them. I now feel that not only are these people my managers and my colleagues but I also consider them my friends. From now, the journey that I am taking as an acting supervisor has only just begun and I feel that the only way is up for me and I will continue to improve and make myself better in every possible way to ensure that I am the best form of supervisor that I can possibly be.
– Hollie , Supervisor
My name is Chay and I have recently been promoted to Acting Supervisor within the catering department. I’m very excited to undertake this role and start my next chapter with my Adventure Island family. I received word of my promotion the week of the bank holiday and was thrust straight into action and I’m proud to boast that my team and I excelled. I’ve been a Team Leader since 2014 and minus a short break from the company between 2016-2018 to pursue options closer to university, I have devoted every summer since 2013 cooking up a storm (pun intended). I have genuinely loved every single minute working under James and Courtney and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved and where I am today. I’ve learnt a lot about myself as a person and I will continue to auspiciously drive myself as far as I can possibly go and I look forward to future challenges ahead working alongside some fantastic people. As another summer draws to a close, a new role is exactly what I’ve been craving and I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity. The leadership team across all departments in Stockvale are some of the most creative, hard working and inspiring people I’ve ever met and I would encourage anyone to come try their hand at working in such a unique and fun-loving environment under their guidance. This job is one-of-a-kind and I’m incredibly excited to see where I’ll end up!
– Chay, Acting Supervisor
I started my time at adventure island on the go karts such a shock right. I joined April 2017 as a very average host who had hardly any confidence in the job or with people in general. Fast forward to the end of the summer season and I wanted to become one of the very best hosts in the park pushing myself to my limit. I ended up finishing in the top 10 which was a massive improvement from my first season but after all this hard work I still didn’t finish top of go karts and I knew I could do better. Then came the spring season in 2018 where I was told by my leaders that I should apply and send in an application to become a leader. I was unsuccessful my first time but upon this I got the opportunity to be invited to the leadership sessions and find out so much more about being a leader. I took this opportunity to work even harder than I previously was and I ended up finishing 3rd in the spring season the highest I ever finished. Then came another leadership interview I took all my knowledge from the leadership sessions into this interview and this time I was successful. The past year has been so different to what I ever thought it would be to leading the go karts all summer with Nathan. This summer allowed myself and Nathan both to make mistakes and learn from them I wouldn’t be the leader I am today without this. I could thank so many people for moulding me into the leader I am today the first is Jake young for leader training me showing me a whole different insight into the department. I would like to thank my managers Jake R , James , Elysia and Jake L you have all helped me in your own way giving me so much support the past year , I can’t thank you all enough. Being promoted to a Full Team Leader allows me to pass on what I’ve learnt the skills I’ve developed to continue to lead the future team leaders into success.
– Matthew, Team Leader
”Over the past 2 years working at Stockvale I have learnt a lot about myself and the business. Starting as a ride host on West Unders in June 2017 I never would’ve thought that I’d be the Team Leader of East Unders. During my time as an Acting Team Leader I have led Inside, Cashiers, West Unders, Entertainment and of course the East Unders. Each of these zones have taught me what it means to be a leader and be adaptable and open to change. I would not be the leader I am today with out the support from other leaders, supervisors and managers; In Particular the east leaders, Isabelle, Ellis and Tom have each pushed and supported me through the past year to make me the leader I am today. I definitely couldn’t have done it without you! Of course, thank you to my Managers Jake R, Jake L, Elysia and James for believing in me and trusting me throughout my journey at Stockvale and your continuing support. From ending my time as a host with a 97% score average and having the drive and passion for making the guests the happiest they’ve ever been, I aim to help and coach my team to become the best they can be and achieve our vision and mission. I have made so many friends and memories within the leadership team and am looking forward too many more.”
– Georgia, Team Leader
I would like to begin by saying that I am over the moon with being given the position of Manager. I said it last time but it really is crazy for me to think that 8 years ago I was awaiting my interview for my first ever job, and now I’m progressing in a job I can honestly say I love waking up to. Year on year there has been new challenges, new memories to be made. Not only have I made lifelong friends, I have also met my life companion! The transition isn’t always easy from leading hosts, to then leading leaders and supervisor but I have an incredible team that made it that much easier for me, year after year. You are all truly incredible and honestly it is such a pleasure getting to know you all and working so closely with you. I also wanted to say thank you too Jake Lewis- leading with you is both a pleasure and as always keeps me on my toes! I would also like to say thank you too Jake Redfearn, thank you for not only your honesty, friendship and support throughout the years but for having a great partner to lead such an incredible team with. Finally, thank you too James Miller for the guidance throughout my journey with Stockvale, which without, I feel would have prolonged my journey.
It is true to say that hard work really does pay off, and I hope to continue inspiring others to reach their goal, and aspiring to be their best.
– Elysia, Manager
Being promoted to Acting Assistant Manager of Customer Services, Digital Marketing and Sales is the greatest achievement that I have experienced so far (even if it is a bit of a mouthful)! And couple with winning my third “Most Helpful Customer services Person” this year, I think I can honestly say that this is my strongest year yet. But I’m not going to stop there. Each day is bringing new challenges that I’m ready to tackle head-on as I continue my journey up the Stockvale ladder, and I’d love to bring some others up with me.
Here’s to the future.
– Andrew, Acting Assistant Manager
I have gained valuable experience while at Sealife, from taking the customers orders, asking the customers if they have any dietary needs and making sure that those requirements are met making sure that the back of house are fully informed through to making the customers food to their full satisfaction. Due to high expectation it motivated me to keep food quality and presentation at a high level in which I was able to get scored at a high level as well, as a result of the high scoring in front and back of house I was able to on separate occasions I have won a large amount of money that I have been extremely delighted. I have learnt how to keep myself and the team as efficient as possible by communicating to one another and understanding myself and the team’s strengths and weaknesses and more importantly keeping the team’s morale high so it can keep themselves motivated.
My skills that I have acquired in the scouts that I have been a part of for fourteen years have been transferable as I have been a scout leader for a number of years. Being a scout leader has a great demand of trust responsibility and dedication, over the time that I have been a leader I have organised and ran camps being responsible for activities and food requirements as well as filling out health and safety forms and being first aid trained within the scouts on a regular basis.
Now that I have been appointed to acting team leader it has given me a great sense of pride. I am very excited to undertake a new challenge and to gain new knowledge in management and to understand how a company is ran from a manager’s point of view.
– Steven, Acting Team Leader at Sealife Adventure
Since my promotion to Full leader in January 2019, I have had some amazing opportunities within my new role. I have been training as POR (Person of operational responsibility) meaning I am left to run the building on Lucy and Jons days off! This has been an incredible experience and I have learnt so much about the role and my own strengths. I have led the training of my wonderful elves over the Christmas period and taken the opportunity to lead the running of our Grotto! Just before Christmas, I found out I had passed my trial as Team Leader and I have now been promoted to Sealife Adventure Acting Supervisor. I am so excited to carry on my journey here within Stockvale. I would like to thank the amazing leadership team and all of my department hosts for their continued support and execution. I love my job because of the people I work with. So thank you all! A special thank you to Lucy and Jon for putting their trust into me and allowing me to develop as an employee and a person! I won’t let you down!
– Tasha, Acting Supervisor at Sealife Adventure
All the way back in early 2015, I’d thought I’d apply for a job at Adventure Island… well what a rollercoaster it has been! I remember Jordan C & Melissa hosting the induction I was in. I was going to the entertainment team! I must be honest and say I was far from the best and I had my fair share on meetings about my performance and progression. One weekend I was asked to host a show… I was terrified at first! But as I started to pay attention to the company culture, monitored my stars league position and listened to my leaders I started to come out of my shell! In my second season I was promoted to Acting Team Leader & winning top leader at Stars within the same year! Prepping and leading events, jumping in and out of meet and greets, jumping to shows, helping a birthday party and coaching at all times was felt like a new realm within the workplace! I then lead the entertainment departments winning streak for another 3 years! (Until West B took the crown! Good job though guys! Well deserved <3) I then started going to other departments such as rides, cashiers, rangers, go-karts, & golf, learning all the need to know about the park. Within the last two years I have now been to customer services, help lead the social media and now on the events committee and here I am, an acting supervisor! I am very excited to see what this will bring! The work you put in, is what you get back! What has made my job easier is all the fantastic people I work with from hosts to the top dogs! A special shout out to Jordan, Remmie, Isabelle, Jamie and Elysia for being my support network! Much love to you all! Let’s make the 2020 season the best our customers have ever seen!!!!
– Lee, Acting Supervisor of Entertainment
I joined the company in August 2018 after I finished my GCSE’s and I was intending to only stay for the summer to get some money and quit soon after. However it came apparent to me that I was surrounded by good company and had a healthy work environment around me, so it became increasingly difficult and unlikely for me to walk away from something I was genuinely enjoying on weekend and half terms. I decided to stay on and it was after a few months that my Team Leaders began to notice I was trusted with some tasks then wouldn’t have been given to others, and this responsibility made me more motivated to maintain the standards that I’ve been told I brought. Last season during the stars league was the real breakthrough moment for me, where I finished second in Back of House and averaged around 106% in scoring, and this made me look ahead to a Team Leader role myself, and something I can carry forward after I finish school in a few months time. If it wasn’t for those around me at Feelgoods I wouldn’t have perused it, and owe them a lot of credit and thanks for me to be where I am now, a recently promoted to an acting Team Leader.
– Ollie, Acting Team Leader of Catering
I started my journey with Adventure island/ Stockvale as an arcade host in February 2019, in the half term holidays. From then on I was coached and led by my two mangers, Carl Stacey and Jen Stacey. I was also mentored by my team leaders who were as followed; Gareth Cassidy, Phil Webster, David Webster and Daryl Ramsey. They each taught me the basic skills of the work place and customer service skills. Their constant enthusiasm pushed me to work hard and therefore also gain this enthusiasm, which was proven in my scores in the stars league. Since I have been taught these different skills I continued to improve my performance within the company with the help of all those individuals. I therefore become more confident and outgoing. After working through my first summer season, it became clear that not only did I enjoy my job; I have made many relationships and friendships with my co -workers that I will never forget. Through hard work and challenges I made it out of summer and was then asked to extend my contract for the Christmas period. This was an entirely different experience that further pushed me out of my comfort zone for the better. I gained more confidence which I thought wasn’t possible within my own ability. I would like to thank Carl Stacey and Jen Stacey for giving me the opportunity to stay in the team over Christmas as not many people have had the chance. I would also like to thank all of my current leaders (Gareth Cassidy, Phil Webster, David Webster and Daryl Ramsey) For showing me the ropes and also how to fix machines etc. I now feel I have the ability to a team leader myself thanks to the encouragement from my team as without them I would not have the knowledge and skills to be able to lead a team. I now can be a good role model to my future co -workers and team to give them the same positive encouragement I received myself. I look forward to the future in my new position of Acting Team Leader and the new experience I will gain.
– Mollie, Acting Team Leader of Arcades
I started at Adventure Island in 2017 as a member of the West Unders department. I was an Unders ride host for 2 seasons before moving onto the West Overs A department. I will be now heading into my 4th season as a Stockvale employee.
In the most recent summer season, I was lucky enough to win top host in the West Over A department, along with finishing 3rd in the summer league and 4th in the last overall league. I have also won the ‘Guests Host Of The Year’ award in 2019, as a result of receiving the most customer comments/ recommendations. I have achieved 9 GCSES at grades A*-C, as well as achieving 2 A grades and 1 B grade in my A-Levels. I am currently studying a Physical Education course at Brighton University. My best memory of my time at Stockvale has been having the opportunity to learn a variety of rides departments, including Adventure Inside. I also enjoyed my success over the 2019 season. I have been lucky enough to be successful with the help of Hollie Hunter (Acting Supervisor), who was my main West Overs A leader. She is very approachable, and pushes me to allow me to host to the best of my ability through offering feedback within my scoring. Lauren Goodrich and Millie Wingrove have also been helpful to me achieving through being open to answering any question or queries that I may have about leadership, or the company in general. Finally, Elysia Clack, has also been helpful to me through challenging me on various different rides to try and adapt my customer service to suit everybody, contributing to my overall development.
– Emily, Acting Team Leader of Rides
I started my time here as an Insider around 18 months ago as a fresh out of school 16 year old. My first day consisted of me being late and getting lost. Possibly the best start imaginable right? However, after finally finding Georgia and Hollie I found myself learning dune buggies telling kids to “watch out for the speed bumps.” I had no idea of the journey and transformation I was gonna have from that day. A few shifts in and I found this giant named Connor. Apart from seeing some kid in desperate need of a haircut (something which is once again massively overdue), he saw potential. He coached and mentored me ever since and gave me many opportunities to grow. For which I cannot thank enough. My scores rapidly increased, my views altered to welcome change and find new ideas. I wanted to make the guests the happiest they’ve ever been. Once again this was due to Connor but also leaders such as Hollie, Nathan and Stockwell. In all honestly I could write a list naming everyone but that would get boring. So to anyone who has helped me, I appreciate all the efforts and am thankful for each individual who has given me chance to learn. Even to the amazing hosts I’ve worked and competed along side like Kye, Emily, Rebecca etc. You’ve all pushed me incredibly hard and I can only wish you all future successes.It’s tough to pick what memory has been the best. Personal highlights include shouting Tesco’s to people on plunge (sorry arcades department), part of Adventure Wonderlands festive periods or some odd day being on top of lighthouse. All these hold personal value and I’m incredibly lucky to have the opportunity having all the experiences but also incredibly lucky of a new opportunity. One which is becoming an Acting Team Leader. I only hope I can create more memories with any team I may stumble across.
– James , Acting Team Leader of Rides
After a very successful period as a West Unders Host, just over a year ago I found myself starting my next chapter as an acting team leader. This year has allowed me to learn new things, push myself in ways I never thought I would and gain a greater experience within the company. I have been trained by and learnt so much from all of the leaders, supervisors and managers and I feel it has allowed me to progress within my ability as a leader and has allowed me to give a greater contribution to the company. After this year of learning, gaining experience and giving my all I have been officially promoted to Team Leader. I am so glad and happy that I have got to this point and have been given this opportunity and I would like to say thank you to everyone I have worked with so far as I have learnt so much and feel I have excelled so far personally and within the company. I look forward to what this next chapter has in store for me.
– Bobby, Team Leader of Rides
Where and when you started: I applied in April 2018 hoping to find a summer job when I came back home for my first year at university. I was placed Rides Overs West B and I’ve been back every holiday since. I’ve been lucky enough to come top of my department and 4th in the Yearly League in 2018 and then go on to become top of department, winner of the Spring, Summer and Yearly League and Queen of Stockvale in 2019. The proudest one is without a doubt being part of the top department in 2019 though! We’d all worked so hard and I never would have achieved what I have in the company without that team. Education Achievements: 10 GCSEs Grades A-C, 3 A Levels Grades BBC, 1 AS Level Grade B. I’m currently in my third year studying Drama and Comparative literature at the University of Kent and have a place to study a PGCE next year at the University Cambridge. Picking a favourite memory of my time is hard, but I can pick out a strong contender.! I had some lovely girls who came a few times over Summer who seemed to like unicorns as much as me them as much as me, so started doing some unicorn magic actions with them before starting the ride. As the Summer holidays came to an end, I saw them coming up to my ride with a soft toy unicorn, which they said was for me. I couldn’t believe it! Knowing how much the kids had loved doing this on rides and hearing about it from their lovely mum who made this for me nearly reduced me to tears. This unicorn now sits on my bookshelf at university and every time I look at it, I think of how lucky I’ve been to work at a place filled with such fun and laughter. Every single one of my leaders have been incredible and I am so grateful to them but there are some who I need to give extra thanks to. There’s the amazing Ciaran and Melissa who encouraged my crazy antics on rides and were there with hugs afterwards. And of course, it wouldn’t feel right not mentioning Jack. He is so loved by our department and anyone who has met him knows why. He’s looked after us, coached us to do things we’d never think to do and made us laugh every day. He saw the potential I could have as a host and supported me every step of the way. I wouldn’t have done what I have without him.
– Megan, Acting Team Leader of Rides
I first started with Stockvale on May 26th 2012. When I first applied I was turned down through the interview process but I soon managed to worm my way in J I originally got this job just to get me through until I finished my Professional Cookery Diploma at college but I never left! I first started off in Feelgoods where I was made to feel welcome and part of the team from day one. Sonny, Lee and Kristine really helped me build up my confidence whilst I was there and even tried to get me to sing, but trust me no one wants to hear that! I became team leader in 2015 not long after I had met my now Husband Sean during a winter of deep cleaning the new Pavilion extension. I stayed in Feelgoods for another year before going into the park to become one of the breaks and days off leaders. I loved this role, I got to learn every outlet and every day was a different challenge. In 2017 I took over Jungle Jive with the help from Amber that became my outlet for a year where I met some amazing people like Daniel (so cute a quiet he used to be!) and really found the drive in myself to want to progress further within the company. Unfortunately this wasn’t available for me in Jungle Jive so I took a plunge and went over to Sands Bistro. I struggled slightly when I first moved to sands but it soon became another Family just like Feelgoods. Andrew really helped me come out of my shell and with a complete restaurant change I really felt myself thriving to be my best. In March 2019 I was promoted to full Supervisor after a year in the acting role and once Kristine joined the team she really helped me push myself to become the Acting Assistant Manager I now am J I love working in Sands now and really enjoy the events we hold and the Christmas parties too. Everything I have achieved would not be possible without the help of my kitchen leaders Will, Sophie and Tate and of course Kristine.
The Stockvale group and the people that work within it have really helped me grow as a person and for that I am so thankful. Thank you to Courtney and James for being the most awesome bosses!
– Gina, Acting Assistant Manager, Catering
So, my journey with Stockvale started all the way back in February 2017 when I applied to work at Adventure Island as a job alongside my Business Management Diploma that I was studying at college. I was very lucky and I managed to get myself a part time job as a Catering Host in the Jungle Jive Café, now known as Dining- Saurs Café. After one year of being a Catering Host, I really enjoyed my job and felt ready to take on more roles and responsibility. Therefore, at the beginning of 2018 I applied for the position of Acting Team Leader which was exciting because it also linked with what I was studying at the time, and opened up an opportunity of experience for me in what I then wanted to do in the future, Leadership and Management. A few weeks later I then got promoted to an Acting Team Leader of the Jungle Jive which enabled me to learn new things and lead my own team in order to motivate them to be the best they could be every day in the way that I was lead to the best I could be. One year on in 2019, I then made it to a Full Team Leader, at this point I had learnt many other catering outlets by working with lots of other leaders and managers and was confident in what I was doing. I was able to learn and work in other outlets within Stockvale such as The Three Shells, Feelgoods, The Green, The Pavilion and all the others within Adventure Island itself! April 2019 I was approached with an amazing opportunity to progress within the company and move into a full time job up in Feelgoods Diner. At the time I was very unsure as it was a big change, but by me making this decision to move it got me to where I am now. Working within Feelgoods has helped improve my confidence, learn new things and meet new people which I am very grateful for. Now in February 2020 I have been promoted to an Acting Supervisor which is incredible. This allows me to teach people new things based on my experience within the company and also with the help of the team in Feelgoods we are able to motivate and work with each other towards accomplishing our vision and mission together. I am very grateful to be given the position and to have been given the opportunity to work full time in Feelgoods as an Acting Supervisor. Finally, I just want to thank Stockvale for giving me this opportunity and for having faith in me. A very special thanks to Amber, Lee, James and Courtney who are very supportive and believe in me every day and are always willing to teach me new things.
Thank you! – Daniel, Acting Supervisor, Catering
I joined Adventure Island in 2017 in the Photos and Golf department and haven’t looked back since! I am now at the end of my third season as a Stockvale employee and looking forward to my new start with Customer Services. Throughout my time at Stockvale I have gained so much confidence and made life long friends, as well as working to improve myself and become the top of my department, and having the pleasure of learning cashiers. Last summer I was lucky enough to receive the award for Top Seller in the department too. I owe my success to Kayla Follet and Millie Wingrove for constantly pushing me to be the best version of myself and the support through everything. Also, Elysia Clack for all the positive feedback and always encouraging me to push myself.
– Aimee, Customer Services.
Almost 5 years ago I started my Stockvale journey as a little West Under, I was guided out my shell by my leaders Coral, Ciaran and Shawnee. I applied for Customer Services 9 months later, where I have lived and breathed every since. I’ve been lucky enough to study Fashion Design at university, while coming back to such a tight knit department. Boy how time flies! It’s been incredible to watch and be a part of my teams growth under the support and motivation of all our leaders – Andrew, Jacob and Jake! The girls are definitely a force to be reckoned with on the stars league, their competitiveness, energy and encouragement, have allowed us to challenge and improve each other. I’ve developed so much within my time here so far! I’m excited to bring all I’ve learnt into this role, and hopefully relay this to our new generation of hosts while continuing to learn more. It’s an honour working with you all, thank you!
– Sasha, Acting Team Leader, Customer Services.
I first joined Adventure Island back in 2017, as a quiet and shy cashier, fast forward to September that year and I’m on the stage at the Annual Stars Awards picking up two awards! Never would I have thought that I would ever be in the running for an award anytime soon! This really inspired me to keep pushing myself, so after a further year of hard work and dedication I am approached by Marc and Zoe, being asked if I’d like to work within the treasury department was certainly something I was going to take them up on. Starting out in the treasury was quite a challenge to begin with, however thanks to the remarkable leadership of Zoe, Liam, Paul and Elle I was able to pick up the basics of the job quite quickly. They were so welcoming when I first started in the office it really helped me to grow my confidence even more. Fast forward a couple of years and I couldn’t be happier with my position within the company. To have been told the day before my birthday that I was going to be promoted to Acting Team Leader in the treasury was absolutely incredible. it certainly is the best early birthday present I could’ve ever asked for! I can’t wait to start my new role and I cannot wait to see what the future holds, there are very exciting times ahead and I look forward to the new challenges that I will come across.
I would like to thank absolutely everyone that has made my Stockvale journey such an amazing one so far, and long may this journey continue! You all are incredibly inspiring people and without all of you I wouldn’t be where I am today. A huge thanks goes out to Marc and Zoe, who gave me the opportunity to even start working in the treasury in the first place, let alone give me the opportunity to step onto the leadership ladder! a further thank you goes out to Liam, Paul, Elle, Yaz and Laura who really make every day amazing and it really is a pleasure to work with all of you on a day to day basis! And of course a massive thank you to James, Jake, Elysia and Jake who really are role models to everyone. Everyone deserves a huge thank you but I really would be here all day!
It really does show that hard work pay’s off, if you’ve got dreams go and chase them, because hard work, commitment and dedication really is the recipe for success. I can’t wait to continue on this incredible journey I’m on within the company, and continue to even more amazing memories with all of you wonderful people.
– George, Acting Team Leader, Treasury