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Careers - Working for Hovertravel

Our teams are extremely proud to work for the world’s longest operating hovercraft service.

Our people are passionate, driven and self-motivated to deliver more than expected.

We are looking for staff who aspire to be part of our family with the professionalism to deliver a fabulous service, in a safe, compliant working environment.

There are so many opportunities at Hovertravel, where would you like to work?

  • Administration, Human Resources & Finance
  • Masters (Pilot), Navigators & Crew
  • Engineering
  • Operational & Customer Services
  • Commercial & Marketing

We aim to recruit the best talent and offer a great apprenticeship program. Once you join us we will provide you with a competitive salary and a working environment that is safe, rewarding and enjoyable.    

HoverPerks

Plus, we offer some great extra ‘HoverPerks’ when working for Hovertravel. Our staff work really hard and they all deserve, apart from a competitive salary some extra benefits and we offer the following;

  • Generous annual leave
  • Free hovercraft travel for yourself, partner & children
  • Discounted travel on Island Line & all South Western Railway services
  • Gunwharf Quays discount card
  • Discounted travel on Southern Vectis bus services on the Isle Of Wight
  • Discounted travel on Brittany Ferries
  • Free travel on Stagecoach bus services in and around Portsmouth
  • Plus a large variety of other discounts with our industry partners
  • Ongoing development and career advancing opportunities with Hovertravel

If you are interested in a career at Hovertravel and joining our dynamic and unique company, then please review our current vacancies below.

  • Commercial

  • Masters

  • Navigators

  • Operations

  • Engineering

Want to be part of a dynamic, adaptable, fast paced Sales team? We have a great opportunity within our Commercial Team.

Commercial Engagement Assistant – Apprenticeship Role

Working with the Commercial Manager you will assist in optimising every sales opportunity for Hovertravel. You’ll provide essential set up and implementation of partnership arrangements, from contracts to setting promotional codes, as well as the setup of digital and briefing tools to assist all staff and point of sales in driving revenue.  You will set up contracts and agreements for advertising sales and work with the Digital Marketing team to generate creative copy. You will follow up opportunities and deals with partners to maintain relationships and ensure timely response and engagement. You will work with the Customer Contact and Operations teams to arrange special charters and excursions.  You will help  to manage the relationship with all attractions partners to coordinate joint marketing for revenue generation. You will assist in driving the motivation for sales across the whole company by being present and answering queries and supporting all sectors including freight, ancillaries and conferencing.  You will support the Commercial team with administration, reporting and customer supplier contacts.

  • Full Time – 36 Hours per week Mon – Fri
  • Based at Ryde Terminal
  • Apprenticeship programme with South Downs college.
  • Support with Mentors during apprenticeship year.

What we're looking for:

  • Digital know how & can do attitude
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Self -driven
  • Creative
  • Great team player

How To Apply

For more information and to apply please send your CV & covering letter to recruitment@hovertravel.com

Masters

We're currently recruiting a master to join our team of dedicated pilots. 

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 or 11/3, (Unlimited, <3000GT, or <500GT)
  • Master II/3, limited to "Hovercraft less than 500GT on near-coastal voyages only"
  • Appropriately qualified seafarers may apply to obtain this CoC issued by the MCA under STCW regulation II/3 as stated in MGN1856 and with reference to Annex D therein. In recognitions of this, applications will be welcomed from holders of: Chief Mate II/2 or II/3 (Unlimited, or 3000GT)

How To Apply

For more information and to apply please send your CV to recruitment@hovertravel.com

Navigators

We're not currently recruiting however please feel free send your CV and we will notify you if any suitable vacancies arise.  

 

To support our continued growth, we are also seeking to recruit Hovercraft Navigators. This is a full-time vacancy (35 hrs per week), however, we would consider candidates looking for a flexible or part-time work arrangement.

 

This position required applications to hold the following STCW95 Certificate of Competence (CoC):

  • Officer of the Watch (OOW) II/1 (Unlimited)

This position may lead to future development towards Master qualification, subject to additional MCA examination for the issue of STCW95 Master II/3, limited to "Hovercraft less than 500GT on near-coastal voyages only".

How to Apply

For more information and to apply please send your CV to recruitment@hovertravel.com

Hovercraft Handling Agent (Southsea)

It takes a special kind of person to get our customers journey’s off to a flying start. As a Hovercraft Handling Agent you will be the face of the Hovertravel Brand. Guiding and assisting our customers at the terminal in Southsea, as well as on board our Hovercraft. It’s all about enhancing the customer experience. Your dedication, passion and resilience to deliver outstanding customer service will shine through in everything you do.

Here at Hovertravel our Hovercraft Handling Agents are people with a passion for customer service, who are happy to go that extra mile, with a drive to succeed and grow at every opportunity, love the Hovercraft and the unique service it offers, a career as a Hovercraft Handling Agent could be for you. Also the role includes being crew on the hovercraft, looking after customers during the crossing and being prepared for all situations on the Hovercraft.

 

What we’re looking for:

 

  • Good Team player
  • Exceptional Customer Service
  • Keen to go that extra mile for the long term benefit.
  • Open minded to opportunities that arise
  • STCW’s courses are desirable but not essential
  • Flexible within the role 
  • Shift pattern of 4 on and 2 off

To apply, please complete the application form below!

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Customer Service Advisor Apprenticeship

As a Hovercraft Service Advisor you will be the first point of contact for our passengers, welcoming and guiding customers at our Southsea terminal, from pavement to pad. You will be in a position to make a real difference to the customers’ experience as they start their journey. This will include but is not limited to; serving customers on the desk, selling tickets, supervising the craft departure, assisting passengers with their luggage, ensuring passengers safely embark and disembark from the craft, loading and unloading the hovercraft of freight and luggage. Progression to be full time Hovercraft Handling Agent (HHA) or Hovertravel Service. All apprentices will be invited to apply for a role when a
vacancy arises for when the apprenticeship has been completed.

 

What we're looking for:

  • Excellent communication skill
  • Excellent customer services skills
  • Team Player
  • A desire to own and drive your own personal development
  • Able to be self-motivated and achieve results on own motivation.
  • Friendly, enthusiastic, team player, desire to learn and develop
  • For this standard A*-C 9/4 in maths and English or equivalent is desirable, however all applicants will be considered on merit subject to initial assessment against the requirements of the standard.

How to apply:

For more information and apply please send your CV & covering letter to recruitment@hovertravel.com

 




Customer Service Advisor Apprenticeship

Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

Responsible for supporting the engineering department in day to day general tasks. This role requires some flexibility in terms of working hours to support the nature of the work demands in the engineering department. The main area of responsibility is to carry out general skirt maintenance & repair work alongside a variety other general maintenance tasks on the hovercraft. The role requires working the required shifts to maintain the skirt without disruption to the Hovertravel operational service. This will include ad hoc out of hours work for planned and unplanned maintenance/repair work as agreed in advance with
the Engineering Supervisor. Progression to be full-time Engineer. All apprentices will be invited to apply for a role when a vacancy arises for when the apprenticeship has been completed.

 

What we're looking for:

  • Hardworking
  • Practical common-sense attitude
  • Team Player
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • High Standard of professional conduct
  • Flexible approach to work and hours is essential
  • A* -C (9-4) in maths and English or equivalent is desirable, however all applicants will be considered on merit subject to initial assessment against the requirements of the standard.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft outlook, Word and excel are essential.

How to apply:

For more information and to apply please send your CV and covering letter to recruitment@hovertravel.com.

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.

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