Dearne jobs boost as kids centre shapes up

it was good news for the Dearne and Don Valley as the first of an estimated 200 jobs were advertised at Conisbrough’s Dearne Valley Centre.

Developers behind multi-million pound plans to breathe new life into the former Earth Centre are recruiting apprentices for the project.

Kingswood has started work on transforming the failed visitor attraction into an education facility which it is hoped will attract pupils from across the country.

The firm is now taking on young people to work on the development on the former colliery site and is offering a number of 12-month apprenticeships.

A Kingswood spokesman said: “The Dearne Valley Centre will be bringing jobs and investment to the Dearne Valley along with educational opportunity for schools in Dearne, Doncaster, Sheffield and beyond to enjoy the best of Yorkshire’s outdoor activities.”

Kingswood is also recruiting for a housekeeper and catering manager to join its new team in March 2012.

The recruitment drive will take off this month and continue through the end of 2011 and on to early 2012.

There are a range of vacancies and opportunities from apprenticeships to broaden experience and start people on the right track to a career in the education or leisure industry. The jobs will stimulate the local economy and provide work for local people.

Meanwhile, construction work is making good progress after a mild November and six accommodation units being built will be named after collieries, Denaby Main, Cadeby, Manvers, Barnburgh, Wath and Yorkshire Main.

To apply for a job send a CV and covering letter to apply online, or call 01603 309350.

The international company – which provides children’s residential activity centres in the UK and France reached a decision on the new name after discussing plans with Denaby and Conisbrough residents.

The theme of the new centre will be “environmental sustainability” – and Kingswood intends to retain and refurbish some of the existing Earth Centre buildings, as well as building new accommodation for visiting students and teachers.

The outdoor park will have an 11,000 sq ft indoor activity and sports hall, classrooms for ICT, a high adrenaline ropes park, amphitheatres and performing arts facilities.