Sometimes. We’ll announce any job vacancies with posters in the centre, on our website (see our recruitment blog) and sometimes on UKClimbing.com. Back to top
I want to work at The Castle, how do I apply?
Follow any instructions on our recruitment posters and notices. Trust me, it reflects better on you if you show us that you can follow instructions and send things in on time! Generally we ask you to email a CV and cover letter explaining why you want the job and highlighting any relevant experience you have and qualities you possess that will make you fit right in. The email address will be on the recruitment notices.
There aren’t any vacancies – can I still get involved?
Even if we don’t have any vacancies, there are still opportunities for getting involved with The Castle. We have a garden volunteer scheme where you can help in our organic garden in exchange for Castle Credits. You can use these credits for free climbing. Our Garden Volunteer co-ordinator is Ida Fabrizio- firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more about it on the Castle Garden page. Back to top
I’ve sent in my CV and letter. What happens now?
We’ll acknowledge receipt of your CV and letter by email. If you haven’t received an acknowledgement from us after a few days, please check that you’ve sent it to the correct address. We’ll contact the shortlisted candidates to schedule an interview with the Head of Department and another Manager. Back to top
Do I have to be a climber?
Not everyone who works here is a climber, but most are. For some jobs, such as working in the Shop or on Reception, personal climbing experience is essential. Back to top
Do you run a work experience programme?
Yes, we have a limited number of one week work experience placements available throughout the year. As there is great demand for these we will only accept students who climb regularly at The Castle through N4Climbing, the Comp Squad or Geckos. Students should email the HR Manager, Ben Levey (email@example.com) to register their interest and request an application pack. Back to top
What are the benefits of working at The Castle?
Aside from the cool t-shirt that proudly announces you as Castle staff there are lots of other benefits to working here:
Free climbing (some employees also qualify for a nominated climber);
Discount in The Castle Shop and The Castle Café;
Opportunities for personal development (workshops, seminars, professional development);
Some employees will qualify for subsidised health insurance, company contributions to their pension scheme, company sick pay, company paternal leave;
We employ some freelance Instructors and Setters. Contractors are responsible for their own tax and national insurance contributions and must provide us with a statement/proof to this effect. They invoice us instead of being placed on payroll. Contractors are not eligible for employee benefits such as company sick pay, pension or holiday. We extend some other benefits such as free climbing and discounts in The Castle Café to freelancers. And they get a cool t-shirt. Back to top
We prefer candidates with the CWLA (Climbing Wall Leading Award), SPA (Single Pitch Award) or higher. We greatly value personal outdoor climbing experience and a commitment to continual professional development.
We regret that we do not accept foreign qualifications.
We welcome experienced climbing coaches (with or without qualifications) to help with our Competition Squad. Coaches wishing to be considered for this role must have extensive competition climbing experience and an understanding of how to adapt performance training for young climbers. If you fit the bill, send your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Castle has a reputation for excellent, creative route setting (even if the grading can be a bit harsh). We employ a combination of in-house setters- who work predominantly for us- and well-known professional setters such as Gaz Parry and Steve McClure. We are not currently recruiting new setters. We regret that we’re not able to offer training to teach setting skills. Back to top
Raffle tickets are still available from Reception and the winners will be announced at the party.
The raffle is being held in aid of Greenpeace’s Save the Arctic campaign. To find out more please take a look at our blog
Christmas Opening Hours
Tue 24 Dec 10pm - 6pm
Wed 25 Dec Closed
Thu 26 Dec Closed
Fri 27 Dec 10am - 10pm
Sat 28 Dec 10am - 7pm
Sun 29 Dec 10am - 7pm
Mon 30 Dec 10am - 10pm
Tue 31 Dec 10am - 6pm
Wed 01 Jan 10am - 6pm Thu 02 Jan Normal Opening Hrs
No Session running between Tues 24th Dec and Wed 1st Jan. The Session will run as normal from Thurs 2nd Jan.
The first 2014 Women with Altitude bouldering session will run on Mon 6th Jan.