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SKYE INSTRUMENTS LTD 21, Ddole Enterprise Park Llandrindod Wells Powys LD1 6DF, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 1597 824811 Fax: +44 (0) 1597 824812 Email: Website: Skype: skye.instruments

An Employee Owned Company Date:


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POST OF PRODUCTION WORKER Thank you very much for your interest in the above post. Please find enclosed an information pack and application form, which we would be grateful if you could complete and return to us with a copy of your CV. We’ll be assessing all applications after the closing date, and will be in touch shortly to inform you whether or not you have been selected for an interview. Thank you for your interest in Skye Instruments. Best Wishes,

Sarah Billingsley Office & IT Manager

Environmental Monitoring . . . . . . . . . . . . Research . . . . . . . . . . . Controlled Environments Registered Address:

Directors: J. Wilde, G. Wilde, B.J. Trotter 21, Ddole Enterprise Park, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6DF, UK. Reg. In England & Wales No. 1705412

VAT Reg No. GB 384 6246 28


Company Information Skye Instruments is a family-run Company and started in 1983 on the Isle of Skye in Scotland by John and Gill Wilde. It operated from their home and when the business outgrew their house, a decision had to be made – either to expand on the Isle of Skye or move. For various reasons they decided to move and they relocated to Llandrindod Wells in 1986. As the business has grown the Company has moved to larger and larger premises on the Ddole Industrial Estate, and in 2000 purchased their current 10,000 sq.ft. factory. Skye designs and manufactures a range of electronic instruments that are used in plant and crop research. Our product range also includes an Automatic Weather Station, which is used in the Environmental Sector. Skye has an excellent reputation for quality products and customer service. Employee Ownership As part of succession planning within Skye, the owners John and Gill decided that they would like to go down the route of Employee Ownership. The main reasoning behind this decision was that John and Gill wanted to ensure that the employees had a stable base in order to make the company successful as an independent business over the short & long term. These benefits include the ability for Skye staff to keep control of their own destiny, have a participative work environment and share in the profits and capital gains that they help to create. Staffing We have an excellent team of, currently, 17 members of staff, 14 full-time and 3 part-time. The factory is openplan and we very much work as a team with a definite ‘hands-on’ approach. We have several social events during the year from BBQs to our Christmas event. Training and Development A lot of training is undertaken in-house, mainly because a number of our requirements are specialist. However, we are kept informed of courses that are being held locally and if they are applicable, then staff are encouraged to attend. Staff are also encouraged to be aware of any relevant training and inform their Line Managers. Pension Skye operates an individual pension scheme programme for permanent staff and contributes 3% of your salary. There is also a facility for personal contributions. Holiday Entitlement is 20 days per year, plus the days in between Christmas and New year, plus bank holidays. Probation Period Unless the post is on a ‘contract basis’, we operate a three month probationary period. Performance is continually monitored and feedback given after one month, but after 3 months a more formal review is held. If all is OK then the position becomes permanent and a wage increase given. Annual appraisals are held with Managers. Working Hours 37 Hours. 9am-5pm, 5 days a week (Monday to Thursday) 9am-4.30pm (Friday). This may vary.




£6.10 per hour to start

We require a person to join our excellent team of production workers. The work includes:-

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printed circuit board assembly drilling and modification of instrument boxes preparing and potting of cables hand soldering and surface mount assembly assembly of instruments from PCBs and boxes you have previously prepared general preparation/assembly of various component elements of our product line final assembly of products, including polishing & packing helping to maintain the quality and high standards of our products throughout the manufacture process working as part of a team to cover holiday etc.

Qualifications No formal training or previous knowledge is required - training is carried out by Skye. However, most of the work is of an intricate and delicate nature and you would be handling a lot of small components. There is also an element of work using machinery, such as a pillar drill, band saw and bench grinder. Throughout the manufacture process, our main focus is on high quality standards, and you will be expected to maintain these with your products, and any processes / procedures carried out at Skye. We are therefore looking for someone whose hobbies are of a practical nature involving your hands, eg. model making, needlework; knitting; has dexterity; has confidence at using machinery; is able to work as part of a team and individually. You would also need patience, concentration and attention to detail and quality.

Equal Opportunities Policy PLEASE COMPLETE THE ATTACHED QUESTIONNAIRE Vacancy advertising Wherever possible, all vacancies will be advertised simultaneously internally and externally. Steps will be taken to ensure that knowledge of vacancies reaches underrepresented groups internally and externally. Wherever possible, vacancies will be notified to job centres, careers offices, schools, colleges, polytechnics, etc, with significant minority group rolls, as well as to minority press/media and organisations. All vacancy advertisements will include an appropriate short statement on equal opportunity. Selection and recruitment Selection criteria (job description and employee specification) will be kept under constant review to ensure that they are justifiable on non-discriminatory grounds as being essential for the effective performance of the job. Wherever possible, more than one person must be involved in the selection interview and recruitment process, and all should have received training in equal opportunities. Wherever possible, women, minorities and disabled persons will be involved in the shortlisting and interviewing processes. Reasons for selection and rejection of applicants for vacancies must be recorded. Positive action - training, promotion and conditions of service Underrepresented groups will be encouraged to apply for training and employment opportunities with the company. Wherever possible, special training will be provided for such groups to prepare them to compete on genuinely equal terms for jobs and promotion. However, actual recruitment to all jobs will be strictly on merit. Wherever necessary, use will be made of lawful exemptions to recruit suitably qualified people to cater for the special needs of particular groups. Wherever possible, efforts will be made to identify and remove unnecessary/unjustifiable barriers and provide appropriate facilities and conditions of service to meet the special needs of disadvantaged and/or underrepresented groups. Personnel records In order to ensure the effective operation of the equal opportunity policy (and for no other purpose) a record will be kept of all employees' and job applicants' gender, racial origins and disability. Where necessary, employees will be able to check/correct their own record of these details. Otherwise, access to this information will be strictly restricted. Such records will be analysed regularly, and appropriate follow-up action taken. General The objectives of this Policy are to:

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Ensure that the Company has access to the widest labour market and secures the best employees for its needs. Ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment, and that, wherever possible, they are given the help they need to attain their full potential to the benefit of the company/etc and themselves. Achieve an ability-based workforce which is in line with the working population mix in the relevant labour market areas. The co-operation of all employees is essential for the success of this policy. However, ultimate responsibility for achieving the policy's objectives, and for ensuring compliance with the relevant Acts of Parliament as well as the various Codes of Practice, lies with the company/etc. Behaviour or actions against the spirit and/or the letter of the laws on which this policy is based will be considered serious disciplinary matters, and may, in some cases, lead to dismissal. SKYE INSTRUMENTS LTD 21, DDOLE ENTERPRISE PARK, LLANDRINDOD WELLS TEL: 01597 824811 FAX: 01597 824812 EMAIL: SKYEMAIL@SKYEINSTRUMENTS.COM WEB: WWW.SKYEINSTRUMENTS.COM CLOSING DATE FOR : 9th December 2011


Form EO(A)

PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL Ref No.: …………………………………….. Position applied for: ……………………………………………….….. We are an equal opportunity employer. The aim of our policy is to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. Our selection criteria and procedures are frequently reviewed to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities and that no applicant or employee is disadvantaged by provisions, criteria or practices which cannot be shown to be justified. To ensure that this policy is fully and fairly implemented and monitored, and for no other reason, would you please provide the following information:Date of Birth: ………………………………………… I would describe my ethnic group and sex as:- (please tick one box for your ethnic group and one box for your sex) A)

White English




Any other White background, please specify ………………………………. B)

Mixed White and Black Caribbean

White and Black African

White and Asian Any other Mixed background, please specify ………………………….. C)

Asian, Asian British, Asian English, Asian Scottish or Asian Welsh Indian


Bangladeshi Any other Asian background, please specify ………………………………..….. D)

Black, Black British, Black English, Black Scottish or Black Welsh Caribbean


Any other Black background, please specify ………………………….. E)

Chinese, Chinese British, Chinese English, Chinese Scottish, Chinese Welsh or other Ethnic Group Chinese Any other background, please specify …………………………..


Sex Male


Name: …………………………………………………..

Signed: ……………………………………..

Date: ……………………………………………………

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Application for Employment PRODUCTION WORKER

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First Name

Telephone No.


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Email Address Do you have a current driving licence?


Are there any restrictions on you taking up employment in the UK?

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Educational Qualifications (please use extra paper if required) Schools

Qualifications Gained


Qualifications Gained


Other Training

Other Employment Please note any other employment you would continue with if you were to be successful in obtaining this position.

Any other skills which you feel are relevant



Work history (last 5 years) Salary/wage Brief details of duties

Reason for leaving

What date would you be available to commence employment? References Please note here the names and addresses of two persons from whom we may obtain both character and work experience references References will only be contacted if an interview is offered. 1 2

Criminal Record Please note any criminal conviction except those 'spent' under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. If none please state In certain circumstances employment is dependant on obtaining a satisfactory basic disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau

Please list hobbies/pastimes/interests

Would any of the skills you have gained from your hobbies aid you in this post?

Please detail here your reasons for this application, your main achievements to date and the strengths you would bring to this post. Specifically, please detail how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the requirements of this role ( as detailed in the job specification). Please use an additional sheet of paper if required

Please give any other information which you think is relevant to your application

Please state your understanding of 'Employee Ownership'

DECLARATION (Please read this carefully before signing this application) 1. I confirm that the above information is complete and correct and that any true or misleading information will give my employer the right to teminate any employment contract offered. 2. I agree that should I be successful in this application, I will, if required, apply to the Criminal Records Bureau for a basic disclosure. I understand that should I fail to do so, or should the disclosure not be to the satisfaction of the company any offer of employment may be withdran or my employment terminated. Signed


Closing date for return of forms:


Please return to: Skye Instruments Ltd., 21 Ddole Enterprise Park, Llandrindod Wells, Powys LD1 6DF or email to