IAG Cargo is hiring apprentices to work at its London Heathrow facility next year. Those lucky enough to pass the application process will spend 18 months working for the freight section of the International Airlines Group, learning skills related to the movement and handling of heavy freight.

Many people want the chance to work at the airport, and while some jobs don’t require specialist skills, others depend highly on them. It can sometimes be hard to build experience when you don’t already have experience. IAG Cargo is looking to get a new generation of employees into its freight handling division with zero experience required.

14 roles are up for grabs

14 roles are up for grabs on the 18-month IAG Cargo apprenticeship scheme. Starting in January 2023, the 14 successful candidates will work with the cargo carrier, building skills and knowledge relevant to the industry at London Heathrow Airport.

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IAG Cargo has 14 roles up for grabs. Photo: IAG Cargo

According to IAG Cargo, the roles in question focus much more on the practical applications of managing freight than the theoretical ones. For example, candidates will follow a program based on manual handling of freight, breaking and building units, and operating equipment and machinery in a safe, secure and efficient environment.

10 years in the making

The IAG Cargo apprentice scheme will now be entering its 11th year, having been founded in 2012. More than 100 individuals have been through the scheme that prepares those partaking for a career in handling cargo at the airport for years to come.

Commenting on the program, Caroline Andrews, Chief People Officer at IAG Cargo, remarked,

“Our past and present apprentices have played a vital role in supporting our business to help keep the world’s economy turning and so I’m delighted to launch our latest apprenticeship scheme. With many school leavers keen to start their working lives this programme supports individuals to kick-start their career in such an important industry and we can’t wait to welcome them into our business.”

Who can get involved?

One of the key criteria for applying to the program is age, though you may not need to be as old as you think to qualify. Applications must be aged 16 or older, meaning it could be your first job out of school if further classroom based study isn’t your cup of tea. However, applicants must have a GCSE or equivalent in English and Maths. Applicants must also have the right to work in the UK, and have been resident in the UK for a minimum of three years.


The program has a heavy focus on handling cargo at the airport. Photo: IAG Cargo

Those accepted will also be expected to work up to 40 hours a week in shifts. Shifts could start as early as 05:54, and finish as late as 22:00, with work at the weekends also being a possibility. In return for undertaking the program, applicants will walk away with a level 2 standard qualification in “Supply Chain Warehouse Operative” and £14,180 ($15,777) a year.

Applications for the role are being taken though Seetec.

Would you want to work for IAG Cargo in this role? Let us know what you think and why in the comments!

Source: simpleflying.com

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