For most of us, starting a new job involves some unfamiliarity and a period of acclimatisation, but one Jet Aire recruit had to navigate his first few weeks in unprecedented circumstances. Peter Buckley joined us in March of this year – just one week before the start of the national lockdown – and found himself getting up to speed at the height of a global health crisis.
Seven months later, Peter is firmly established at our Teesside office, working as a dedicated Contract Scheduler for one of our biggest clients, a major national name in utilities. He oversees the organisation of our resources and site teams to provide ongoing reactive services throughout the region. Highly regarded by employer and client alike, Peter has been reflecting on his time at Jet Aire with sense of satisfaction in successfully handling the operational challenges that the pandemic has caused.
“Jet Aire’s drainage engineers were key workers providing front-line services to prevent pollution and keep utilities functioning throughout the lockdown. My job involves organising their work schedule, so I had to hit the ground running in my first couple of weeks. At the time, the company had adjusted its office operations to remote working in line with the government guidelines. I was one of a very small number of staff present in the office. It meant that I had to do all my induction and training remotely, which was difficult, but Jet Aire supported me all the way.
“I previously worked as a scheduler in financial services. Similar principles apply in the planning of workloads, but drainage involves a bit more flexibility in adapting to the daily and weekly priorities of reactive maintenance. Like Jet Aire, our clients have been forced to adjust to the impact of the pandemic and I have been working hard in support of these adjustments.”
Jet Aire’s offices returned to full operation in the summer as staff returned to their desks, now spaced apart for social distancing and fitted with protective screens to safeguard against the spread of infection. For Peter, it was a strange but pleasing experience to welcome them back.
“When the staff arrived at our Middlesbrough office, I finally got to properly meet all these colleagues that I’d been working with for months, but never seen in the flesh! It’s a great working environment – at Jet Aire, you feel like you like you’re part of a family and we look out for each other. In many ways, that makes Jet Aire what it is.”
Jet Aire are delighted to have Peter on board and we are full of admiration for the way he has taken on a new role during such a challenging year for businesses and communities across the UK. He has become a much liked and valued member of our team in the North East.
Those first few weeks must have been a testing time for Peter, but he certainly feels settled and in good company now!