Ireland's first Center Parcs forest holiday resort is starting a recruitment drive in the Midlands today and tomorrow. The group is hoping to recruit 1,000 people before the resort opens in Ballymahon, Co Longford, next year.

Martin Dalby, CEO of Center Parcs UK, said the the company is confident it will attract 1,000 people in the Midlands to work for the company. "Our experience in the UK is that over 75% of our employees live within about 15 miles of each of our parks, so we certainly expect to get local people," Mr Dalby said. "Over 40% of our people tend to be under the age of 25, so it's going to be local jobs for local young people."

Center Parcs UK is not concerned about Brexit, according to its chief executive. "We don't believe that Brexit will have any real impact on our business. We're here for the long-term. This is a long-term investment that is going to be there for many years. Our returns are based on that long-term investment. We'll just go with the flow. We're not concerned about it," Martin Dalby said.

The recruitment drive at Longford Rugby Club is all about giving people the information they need to understand what jobs are on offer at Center Parcs Longford Forest - how you go about applying for a job, and what it is like to be an employee of Center Parcs.

The jobs on offer are permanent, full-time and part-time and range from entry-level, mid-level, supervisory and management. There will be opportunities in food and beverage, retail, lifeguards, HR and accountants. "There's a job for everyone," Mr Dalby said. "It's a fantastic opportunity for people in the Midlands to come and work for our company." 

Center Parcs Longford Forest is on track to open next summer, Mr Dalby confirmed.

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