Airport baggage handlers load and unload luggage and cargo at an airport. Once passengers leave their luggage at the check-in desk, baggage handlers will collect and move the luggage and make sure it is loaded on to the correct plane. Baggage handlers also load the planes with supplies such as food and drink.
- Load and unload customer luggage onto planes
- Help disabled passengers onto aircraft
- Keeping the runway clean
- Move luggage using special trucks
- Cleaning inside aircraft
Baggage handlers work for airport ground companies within an airport. The closest airports are in Staverton and Kemble, although these are both small airports. You will find larger airports out of the county in Bristol and Birmingham.
Baggage handlers work both in and outside of the airport. Shift work is normal in this role including weekends, early mornings and nights.
Baggage handlers work around 37-45 hours.
Starting salary is £15,000.
There are no specific entry requirements to become a baggage handler but some employers may prefer you to have a few GCSEs at Grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), particularly in Maths and English. Other employers may be more flexible. Experience of warehouse work and an LGV (Large Goods Vehicle) or forklift truck licence could be helpful when applying directly for this role.
You could also apply for an apprenticeship. If you have an EHCP you may be able to apply under the DfE exemption which allows the apprentice to use Entry Level 3 English and Maths qualifications.
The apprentice would have to be competent enough to successfully achieve all other aspects of the apprenticeship requirements, become occupationally competent and achieve Entry Level 3 in English and Maths before the end of their apprenticeship.