Development at Merlin

Here at Merlin, we create more memories, bring more joy, and spread more happiness to more people in more places than anyone else in the world – and that extends to our people too.

We believe in the transformative power of continuous growth and learning. We care about creating a supportive and collaborative environment that encourages curiosity, creativity, and a passion for learning for our people. Whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting your career, Merlin's Learning and Development initiatives are tailored to guide our people towards their aspirations and give them the ability to own their craft.

Across the globe, our teammates have the opportunity to drive and discover on a journey of professional and personal growth, developing the knowledge and skills to thrive in their roles. From industry leading training modules to immersive development experiences, our programmes are designed to unleash your full potential and elevate your career to new heights!

Rising Programme

Spanning 12 months, Rising enables frontline team members to experience a fast-paced, full-throttle development programme that sees them take on real-life leadership roles across strategically important areas of Merlin’s global business – and enjoy the ride every step of the way.

Our Risers will gain all important ‘on the job’ experience, along with exclusive access to dedicated learning experiences around: leadership fundamentals, critical thinking, belonging, marketing, attraction management, and employee engagement. Helping them to drive and discover their own unique talents, and make true impact.

Initially launched in 2022, our first Rising cohort have graduated in 2023 with great success – with 50% of our delegates already securing permanent managerial level roles within our global business.

This year, in 2024, we’ve further focused on equitable opportunities for all – expanding our cohort by 40%, and opening applications to everyone, everywhere, so individuals can truly own their craft, and hone their own career journeys.

In fact, our 17 budding Risers hail from all corners of the world (the USA, UK & Europe, ANZ, and wider APAC) and will be relocating to work across some of our most iconic brands: Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE, Peppa Pig World of Play, LEGOLAND Resorts, Thorpe Park Resort, and Warwick Castle; as well as providing dedicated resource and support to one of our partner charities: the SEA LIFE TRUST. Because learning has no limit, and everyone matters at Merlin.

Everyone Matters at Merlin

Everyone Matters at Merlin, and this means we will continue to support, invest in and develop our people. We are proud to celebrate and support our teams and foster a culture where our people can own their craft and showcase the best of everyone.

In this film, our people from our global attractions come together to share their stories, of what they love about working for Merlin, the times they've felt supported as part of the team and how they enjoy the ride.