Working at Airbus… What to expect

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Working at

Airbus… What

to expect


Most roles will be working within a busy production environment. However, we also

recruit to a number of other support positions including office based roles. Below we

have created some job profiles to show you what to expect when working at Airbus: -

Production Areas

Before being placed on the shop floor you will be allocated a training programme for up

to 12 weeks. This training is carried out at the on-site training facility and covers areas

such as health & safety, standard operations and interpreting Airbus drawings.

Following this period of training you will be allocated to an area within the factory e.g.

A380, A350 and placed on a specific shift pattern (see later section for shift pattern

information).

Once you are placed in the factory you must attend the pre-shift meeting where your

Airbus Process Manager or Team Coordinator assigns the work packages for the day.

(All production operations are split into work packages with varying time limits; you

will receive full training before being expected to carry out these operations).

For your first few weeks on the shop floor you will be paired up with an experienced

Operator who will be on hand to answer questions and to supervise your work.

All shop floor operators are required to attend a 1A and 1B quality course, at the end of

which you will be able to self-certify that your work has been completed to the required

Airbus quality standards. Until you have passed your 1A and 1B quality course your

work will be checked by someone else.

With manufacturing operations being carried out, the shop floor is obviously a noisy

environment and hearing protection must be worn at all times, except on the safe

walkways.

The nature of the work is physical and repetitive and you may find yourself carrying out

the same operation for a considerable period of time. If you are required to work in the

wing tanks you may find yourself having to carry out production processes whilst in an

awkward body position. For this reason regular posture breaks must be taken.

Office Areas

You will be working in an office alongside Airbus core employees, reporting to your

Airbus Task Manager on a day-to-day basis.

You will be provided with an Airbus network and email account together with access to

any specialist systems required to carry out your job.

Depending upon your role, you may be required to travel to other Airbus sites and/or

supplier sites, both domestically and abroad.


Probationary reviews

You will be subject to a probationary period of 12 months, during which you will be

required to complete probationary reviews of your performance with your Airbus Task

Manager at 6 and 9 month intervals. This provides an opportunity for you to discuss

your performance and identify any areas for development.

White collar employees also have the option of an annual performance and objectives

review, during which they can discuss their professional development plans with their

manager and Blue Arrow HR representative.

Working Hours

Depending on the shift pattern you work, the normal working week is 35 hours. Below

is a summary of the most popular shifts and working times: -

Shift Pattern Start Time End Time Weekly Hours

Days 07:45 16:00 (11:45 Friday) 35

Double Days* 06:00/13:30 (13:10 13:10/20:40 (20:20

35

Friday)

Friday)

Nights (Mon-

20:45 06:00 35

Thurs)

* Double Day shift alternates weekly; you work one week of earlies followed by one week of

lates.

Pay

All production operatives are paid at the same rate as their Airbus counterparts,

however for your first 12 weeks of employment you are paid a training rate of: -

Skilled £20,481.12 gross per annum

Semi-skilled £17,548.22 gross per annum

Following the successful completion of your 12-week training period your salary will

increase to the normal rate of: -

Skilled £25,601.40 gross per annum

Semi-skilled £21,935.28 gross per annum

All office-based staff are paid according to the Airbus grading for the position and are

not subject to the 12-week training rate.

Overtime

You will be required to work overtime when necessary; however this is limited to no

more than 13 hours per week.


Holidays

In a full leave year (1st January to 31st December) a full-time employee is entitled to 175

hours annual leave, plus 8 bank holidays.

If your employment commences part way through the holiday cycle, then your holiday

entitlement shall be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

The client operates fixed holiday periods (shutdown), currently for two weeks in the

summer and three days between Christmas and New Year. These dates will be

communicated to you upon commencement and must be taken as part of your holiday

entitlement.

In addition, you will get an additional shift off prior to Christmas. This shift will not be

part of your floating entitlement but will be determined (fixed) by the client. The client

will announce the fixed date prior to Christmas at the start of the holiday year this will

be communicated to you via your payslip. This shift will be paid at normal holiday rate.

Pension

As part of the wide range of benefits of working with Blue Arrow we are pleased to offer

our workforce access to an excellent stakeholder pension plan via our retained

Independent Financial Advisors Edgar Brooks & Co. and administered by Standard Life.

Uniform

All shop floor staff will be supplied with uniform as well as Personal Protective

Equipment (PPE). For office based staff uniform is not required, however employees are

expected to wear smart clothing.

Parking

There are several free car parks around the site. For some of these you will need a car

park pass. You will be advised as to the nearest available parking to your work area.

Blue Arrow Benefits

Blue Arrow operate a scheme called ‘My Benefits’ which offers not only great savings on

high street shopping, holidays and leisure activities but will also give you peace of mind

against loss of income as a result of an accident at work, whilst you are on assignment

with Blue Arrow. My Benefits also includes a personal hospital plan which covers you

24/7 in the UK or abroad whilst on assignment or during a paid holiday.


Childcare vouchers

Blue Arrow employees working at Airbus can join a salary sacrifice scheme to save them

money on childcare costs.

Airbus sports and social club

As a Blue Arrow employee working at Airbus you are eligible to join the Airbus sports

and social club and/or gym for a very reasonable monthly fee. This gives you access to

watch live bands and entertainment, a function room for hire, as well as the health and

fitness suite.

Discount with Vauxhall

As a Blue Arrow employee working at Airbus you are eligible for discounts with Lookers

in Chester, details of which are announced periodically.

Trade Union representation

You can request Trade Union representation through the UNITE office in Flint, who offer

a variety of benefits to members upon joining.

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