Careers

Recruitment

Hovertravel Ltd provides a hovercraft passenger service for foot passengers between Ryde on the Isle of Wight and Southsea, Portsmouth. Our service provides the quickest way to and from the Isle of Wight and carries approximately 800,000 passengers each year. We currently employee around 75 people based in Ryde and Southsea, most of whom work a mixture of AM and PM shifts to cover our 7 day a week operation.  

At Hovertravel our people are key to our success! We aim to recruit the best talent and once you join us we aim to provide you with a competitive benefits package and a working environment that is safe, rewarding and enjoyable.

If you would be interested in a career at Hovertravel, and joining our dynamic and unique Company, then please review our current vacancies below and, should any of these suit your skills and experience, complete an application form sending it the relevant contact.

Current Vacancies

Pilot Vacancy

 We are looking for a full time Hovercraft Pilot to join our team on based on the Isle of Wight. This is a full time vacancy (37.5 hours per week) on a 4 days on/2 days off rota pattern, however we would consider candidates looking for a flexible or part time work arrangement.

 Pilot Requirements:

In order to take command of a hovercraft on this route an individual must hold one of the following STCW95 Certificates of Competence (CoC);

  • Master II/2
  • Chief Mate II/2 with command endorsement
  • Officer of the Watch (OOW) II/1 with command endorsement*

*An additional examination is required for this endorsement

 A qualified candidate will go through a minimum of 25 hours basic hovercraft training followed by at least 100 hours under supervision on the route as well as 10 hours additional radar training specific to high speed operations.

 Once qualified a successful candidate will then be issued with a Type Operating Certificate (TRC) appropriate to the type of hovercraft, this will then be endorsed by the MCA.

  If you have any questions about this vacancy or would like to apply, please contact - recruitment@hovertravel.com

 Closing date for applications 30th June 2017

 Junior Handling Agent (Apprenticeship)

12 month Fixed Term Contract

NVQ Customer Service Level 2 - in partnership with Highbury College.

This is a great opportunity to work for the world's longest running commercial hovercraft service, which is also the only scheduled passenger hovercraft service in Europe.

All staff are required to carry out a range of Hovercraft handling related activities as directed by the Company through its policies, procedures and training to facilitate the success of the operation in which you have been trained, including, but not limited to the following:

Front of House

•        Assist with the control of passengers and the general public in and around the terminal building.

•        Manage the queues outside the terminal, directing passengers or assisting with queries, as appropriate.

•        Generate business by pro-actively promoting Hovertravel outside the terminal.

•        Answer in-bound telephone calls.

 Passenger Service

•        Sell and issue published flight tickets

•        Operate and maintain the Company ticketing and booking system.

•        Receive payment by cash, cheque, credit cards, vouchers, or automatic debits.

 Terminal Operations

•        Manage the boarding process within the terminal and on the landing area.

•        Assist passengers with their luggage, ensuring passengers safely embark and disembark from the craft.

•        Loading and unloading the hovercraft of freight and luggage

•        Supervise the craft departure or travel with the craft when required.

•        Be responsible for the safety of passengers, dealing with security and emergency situations in and around the terminal and on- board.

•        Attend to passengers' needs throughout their Hovertravel experience and provide a high level of customer service being friendly, enthusiastic and courteous at all times.

Skills/ Experiences:

  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent customer services skills
  • Good team player
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Keen to go the extra mile for the long term benefit
  • Open minded to opportunities that may arise

Qualifications required:

You must have a Level 1 in English and Maths (GCSE A-D) or equivalent.

Working week: The successful candidates will work a rolling shift pattern of 2 earlies, 2 lates & 2 days off, timings as follows:

Midweek

Early – 05.45 – 13.15

Late – 12.45 – 21.15

Sat

Early – 07.15 – 14.15

Late – 13.45 – 21.15

Sun

Early - 08.15 – 14.15

Late - 13.45 - 09.15

Thurs/Fri/Sat (summer)

10.15 finish

 To apply, please contact Toby Cartledge on the following email address - Toby.Cartledge@highbury.ac.uk

 

Download an Application Form

If you are interested in one of our vacancies and would like to apply please download and complete our application form and send it to the relevant contact person (stated in the advert). If you would like to send us your CV ad-hoc please do, however, we do require a fully completed application for all applications.

Equality & Diversity

At Hovertravel Limited we are committed to an active equal opportunities policy. This runs right through our business from the recruitment and selection procedures, through training and development, appraisal and promotion opportunities to retirement.

Our policy is to promote an environment free from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the basis of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, gender reassignment, religious or political beliefs, disability, hours of work and age.

We aim to employ people who reflect the diverse nature of our society and we recruit, develop and promote people on merit, and reward outstanding performance regardless of background.

 About Your Privacy

This website uses cookies to enhance the usability of the website. Cookies are small, often encrypted text files stored on your computer by the web browser, to improve your navigation/usage on the website.

This website uses Cookies according to our privacy policy.

See our privacy policy


I accept all cookies from this website
 

Hovertravel Ltd Company registered in England, UK. Company Registration 830401. VAT Registration 107-3428-91. Hovertravel Registered Trade Mark number 2614882 and Hovertravel logo registered trade mark number 2630390. Registered Office: The Beehive, City Place, Beehive Ring Road, Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, RH6 0PA.

Powered by Correl8