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About The Role

At Scudamore’s we pride ourselves on being committed to staff training and development, supporting our new recruits from day one through their induction, on-boarding and training programme. 

As we prepare for our busiest time of year, we are now looking for two enthusiastic and talented individuals to join our Training Team as River Tour Guide Trainers to help develop our next generation of tour guides. 

What you'll be doing
This role is central to ensuring that our trainees and new hires are equipped with the tools needed to deliver an outstanding tour experience for our customers, and to do this you will;
  • Deliver our in-depth river tour guide training programme, which blends classroom-based theory with practical sessions, including tour knowledge, information delivery, and soft skills.  
  • Run practical outdoor sessions on the punts, teaching trainees the art of punting and working with them on tour presentation and content. 
  • Create a learning environment that caters effectively for different learning styles and encourages trainee involvement.
Most trainees are learning the tour knowledge and punting skills from scratch, so offering ongoing support through coaching and constructive feedback is vital. 
About You

What makes you Scudamore’s next River Tour Guide Trainer?

Our business is highly seasonal, which brings the challenge of gearing up our river tour guides to match customer demand. We are looking for someone with a coaching or training background, who will enjoy working within this dynamic environment and is able to demonstrate how their skills, experience and attributes make them the ideal candidate to fulfil this role. In particular you will have; 
  • A proven track record in skills training and coaching.
  • A passion for history, knowledge sharing and developing others.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, including listening skills.
  • Effective planning and prioritisation skills, with an ability to be adaptable and use own initiative.
  • A flexible approach and the ability to operate effectively within a team.

What would really help?

  • Experience of working in a customer-facing industry, such as hospitality, retail or tourism.
  • A good background knowledge of UK history and genuine interest in the City of Cambridge and its local history.
About Scudamore's:

What’s the package?

  • Fixed term contract until 31st August 2022.
  • Part time up to 32 hours per week – start and finish times may vary.
  • Will need to work four days out of seven, with availability to work at weekends and on bank holidays if required.
  • Competitive hourly rate of pay, dependent on skills and experience.
  • You will be based at a Cambridge city centre location.

Special demands of the role

  • The nature of our business requires our staff to be comfortable working on and around water.

Closing date for applications

Friday 21st January 2022


From Monday 24th January 2022

Why work for Scudamore’s?

Founded in Edwardian times, Scudamore’s is Cambridge’s premier and longest-standing punting company. With three boat hire stations and over 175,000 visitors each year, we are also one of Cambridge’s most popular and high profile visitor attractions.

Our success has been built upon being clear about what really matters and this informs every aspect of our business.

  • As a long-established independent company, our business expresses a strength and assurance based on decades of experience.
  • Our story is intertwined with that of Cambridge itself, and we aim to serve as ambassadors for the city and its rich heritage.
  • We enjoy our work and we want our customers to have fun while they’re with us, in an accessible, safe and welcoming environment.
  • We’re an inclusive company that welcomes everyone and wants to bring the pleasure of punting to the widest possible audience.
  • We are both the founders and the custodians of punting in Cambridge, respecting the river and its traditions, yet always exploring new ideas to improve the experience we offer.
  • We aim to keep the knowledge and skills of our staff growing through continuous development.
  • In sum, we see our job as making punting the best it can possibly be, for residents, visitors and our people.