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Ryanair Cabin Crew Training Report..  
User currently offlineBae146tom From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 228 posts, RR: 4
Posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 25486 times:

Right lets begin...woke up at 05.15 (no joke) had to be out the house to get bus at 20 to 6 and then get the coach from the hotel (where training is) in nottinghams for 6am. Arrived there ok and we were off.. god it was a awful 45 min journey could not for th life of me wake my self up or go to sleep so was stuck in a foul mood watching the cars go past... lol got to the swimming baths to which we had to pay for the privalage of training there £2.60.., As they are only alouyd to train 12 at a time in the pool we were split into two groups of 8 to which the group i wasnt in went in first. After 15-20 mins there where finnished woo my turn....so in my t-shirt and shorts i jumped in the pool-we had to swim 2 laps. next we had to get out and 'mark' (our very arogant teacher, also a number 1 for FR) threw in our life jackets to which we had to swim to,put them on, strap them on properly then blow them up..whilst treading water.. this wasnt hard as it looked lol. next we had to 4 at a time pull one person along while we swam on our back, this was done and then that was our swimming..

Next to EMA... another 45 min coach journey we arrived at FR training sector abot 2/3 mins away from the main terminal building at EMA. We were shuffled into a small briefing room to which we were told to 'look over our fire drill notes' while we waited for our time in the smoke/fire chamber... the time seemed to drag forever to the extent i could have fallen asleep in...then mark told us it was time and we went down some steps and into a small room full of robes to which we had to put them on and proceed outside to a medium size what we called 'porta-smoke thing..'. We were told we would go in, in pairs so we buddied up and firstly mark filled the smoke chamber with well smoke and we all took walked through in pairs which was quite scary as we couldnt see a thing!
Next it was time to start the fire fighting!!! We were told that in our pairs one of us would do a 'toilet drill' and the other a 'oven drill' so people went in and out till it came to my self and my partner amys turn.
We walked into the chamber and we were suprised to see it was a metal vertion of a cabin mock up (as we couldnt see in the dark and smoke..) and i picking th toilet began nocking on the door to check no one was in there next i had to get my equipment- a PBE smoke hood,Fire gloves and my extinguisher.. so i firstly i had to check how bad the fire was so i felt the door of the toilet with the back on my hand, the door was cold so the fire was not extreme.. telling my communicator (amy..) the details of the fire i croutched down by the door and opened it a smidge just enough to fit the nozzle of my extinguisher through and so i could get a idea where the fire was.. sure enough it seemed to be coming from the 'gash bin' (rubbish bin) i sprayed and shut the door for 30 seconds, after which the fire had gone out and i (pretended) to check for any debris and put them in a metal container.
After we had finnished it was 2 hours before we were schedualed to be picked up by the coach we had time to kill so mark kindly took us to the mock up 737 FR use for training which is (half) and old 737-200, inside it was very strange! most of the f/d had been took apart and replaced with strange,poor quality pictures although some tacky buttons had been added so the attend and ELS buttons work..well any way we didnt spend long in the mock up as that is tomoro's plan 4 hours in the mock up haha!
Well i thought i'd give some of you an insight to how my training with FR is going!
hopfully i will get some pictures of us doing demos,drills and sliding and post them tomoro!
Tom

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User currently offlineAir380 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 25097 times:

That was an interesting report! I can't believe there were no replies yet! I am glad that you are so responsible in your emergency actions, and hope that I get to fly with you at sometime!

User currently offlineDebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2429 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 24762 times:

Hi, very interesting...

how much do you have to pay for to get this training? is it true, that FR is keeping money from your monthly income if you are not paying "at-the-spot"??

anyway, think its your first job as cabin crew- so enjoy as much as you can!

chriX


User currently offlineBAe146TOM From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 228 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 24628 times:

hey thank you for the replies!

Quoting Air380 (Reply 1):
hope that I get to fly with you at sometime!

hehe cool! got my exam on monday so fingures crossed..

Quoting Debonair (Reply 2):
how much do you have to pay for to get this training? is it true, that FR is keeping money from your monthly income if you are not paying "at-the-spot"??

i had to choices number one to pay a full 1,400 euros on the spot..and number 2 to pay a deposit of 400 euros and then another 1,100 come out my wages.. i chose sadly option 2 as it was the only choice for me as i dont really have a big sum like that to hand although i had to pay for so much more.. medical £50 for a doctor to tell me which i alredy new im fit! £40 for airside pass and im sure there are more suprises around the corner!

Any way thanks for the replies did the 'cabin trainer' today in half (yes literally) a 732 and half to which has been faked! the slide was brilliant fun i do have pictures and videos but as off this moment i am shattered! off to STN tomoro to do a base visit and aircraft on the ground visit! keep the replies coming guys!

Tom = ]


User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3589 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 24614 times:

best of luck with your training

I can scarcely believe that FR would take you to a public swimming pool, and then make you pay the admission to do your swimming test. How mean can this airline get ?


User currently offlineAir380 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 24576 times:

I did not know that you had to pay for your training, unbelievable! Is it possible that some trainees will not get hired? Do other airlines let their future flight attendants pay for the privilege?

User currently offlineLite From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 24421 times:

Tom as ever a fantastic post, am looking forward to seeing the pictures online, and hopefully you passing your exams so you can be strutting about the terminal at EMA soon.

Quoting Air380 (Reply 5):
I did not know that you had to pay for your training, unbelievable! Is it possible that some trainees will not get hired? Do other airlines let their future flight attendants pay for the privilege?

This is particularly the case in southern Europe, and an idea which Ryanair have quickly latched on to so they can cover the expensive cost of crew training. In some countries like Spain, potential cabin crew have to pass a diploma-like course which is privately run and once they have the qualification then they can apply to the airlines, of which Ryanair is one.


User currently offlineDebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2429 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 24393 times:

Quoting Air380 (Reply 5):
Do other airlines let their future flight attendants pay for the privilege?

In Germany we have 3 "versions" of getting a flight-attendant.

1. The company pays all- training, hotel accomodation (ifs not your base) PLUS a small compensation
2. The compnay pays for the training, the rest is out of your pocket (e.g. the accomodations, transport)
3. The new trend era, you have to pay the tarining by yourself (around 500€ IN ADVANCE, depends on company)


User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 24388 times:

Quoting Air380 (Reply 5):
Do other airlines let their future flight attendants pay for the privilege?

It only seems to be a trend with LCCs . Jetstar makes it future employees to pay for their medicals and other jobs related tests


User currently offlineBAe146TOM From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 228 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 24172 times:

well today was my visit to the crew room in stansted oh dear god it was HELL! will right up a detailed report if i pass on monday got lots of revision to do and for now need some sleep. thanks for the replies guys!
Tom


User currently offlineSpeedbird0697 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2007, 3 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 24068 times:

Tom,

Thank you for sharing your training experience. I hope the rest goes well and you are not too knackered by the end!

I'm in two minds about people having to pay for their own training. On the one side I suppose it helps to make sure cabin crew are really motivated to do the job as they have had to pay out of their own pocket and they might stay with the airline for longer (as they are having to pay off their training 'debt').

On the other side I wouldn't be too happy to pay for my own training and this would put me off applying for a job with the likes of Ryanair.

Still, I think what you are doing Tom is great and you certainly seem to be enjoying it.

Nicholas


User currently offlineFly2YYZ From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 1045 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 23974 times:

Oi Tom, good luck with training! I'm sure you've just about completed it by now!

The firefighting reminds me of my recurrent training I just had.... oh memories! :P


User currently offlineN587NK From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 301 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 23821 times:
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Quoting Air380 (Reply 5):
Do other airlines let their future flight attendants pay for the privilege?

I thought that TWA used to make trainees pay for their training!?!?! someone correct me if I'm wrong with that.

No other airline in the US makes F/A trainees pay for their training. However 99.99% of airline F/A training is UNPAID training. Some airlines do however give you per diem while you are in training and of course provide hotel/accomodations. Some will also give you meal vouchers


User currently offlineBAe146TOM From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 228 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 23731 times:

a few pictures and videos for you..

- me pissing around in th jumpseat..

- me and becky posing on the airstaires

-me in the flight deck!

-Video of the first slide marathon lol

-whilst sat in th cabin of the old 732 while it was filling with smoke i would ignore the random talk if i was you lol..

-this was just after i had jumped out of the smoke filled cabin, btw the girl thts crying is a sweet polish girl and she caught her self on the door frame as she was bein shoved out the door, instructer mark baiskali laughed but did try to help..

hope you like the pics and vids sorry about the delay am at this moment taking a break from revising for my convertion exam which is tomorow last exam eeek...
Tom


User currently offlineBae146tom From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 228 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 23549 times:

PASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSED! lol

User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2758 posts, RR: 57
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 23418 times:

Quoting Bae146tom (Reply 14):
PASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSED! lol

Congratulations Bae146tom!!!!!!!!!!! Hope you have many years of safe and enjoyable flying ahead of you.



Long live Aer Lingus!
User currently offlineBAe146TOM From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 228 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 23387 times:

Quoting Toulouse (Reply 15):
Congratulations Bae146tom!!!!!!!!!!! Hope you have many years of safe and enjoyable flying ahead of you.

cheers mate! haha my 'passsssssssed' was during the celbrations haha

Tom


User currently offlineThomsonfly From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 229 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 23276 times:

Hi
Are you going to be based at STN or EMA? Thanks for the training info

Regards
Mark


User currently offlineBAe146TOM From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 228 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 23110 times:

STN! start my supernumerys a week tomorow (thursday) so have to moved down there by next wednesday eeek! wings cermony tuesday! thanks for the possitive comments!
Tom


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 23074 times:

Hi Tom,

Congratulations.  Smile

A fellow A.nutter was once an FR steward based at CRL. Think he's Ryanair737 or something like that.

It'd be great to know what your routings will be. Perhaps email me?

Cheers and well done again,

James.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineMarkHKG From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 960 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 22611 times:

Quoting Bae146tom (Thread starter):
threw in our life jackets to which we had to swim to,put them on, strap them on properly then blow them up

I did this too for another training program, but the participants were blindfolded. I've always wondered the point of doing this exercise since if *god forbid* you were ever in that situation, the life jackets would be in a sealed valise and you would need to tear that open first.

Congratulations on graduating!



Release your seat-belts and get out! Leave everything!
User currently offlineTuRbUleNc3 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 22302 times:

Congratulations, im sure your pleased as punch.

Safe flying and clear skies


User currently offlineCondor24 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 20490 times:

Those pictures make me think that the crew think they are at a circus ... do I really trust my life with Ryanair ?


'Condor, the span to fly'
User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 20469 times:



Quoting Condor24 (Reply 22):
Those pictures make me think that the crew think they are at a circus ... do I really trust my life with Ryanair ?

Agree with you, it is pretty scary!!!



Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineChristianLee15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days ago) and read 20376 times:

Purely out of interest, what was it that interested you to fly with Ryanair?

25 BFS : Hey there Well done on passing! I'm sure you will love you time flying. I knew FR made their employees pay for the privelege, but I had no idea it was
26 Post contains images Airbuseric : Well done Tom, and hope you've a lot of safe journeys ahead of you, with lots of fun in the cabins If I once find you on my flight, I'll say hello to
27 WexCan : WRT paying for training - if it was a recognised qualification that could be transferred to other airlines I could possibly stomach having to pay for
28 Thomsonfly : Thanks for posting this thread back in April, gave me a kick up the bum to apply for the career I always wanted and now work as cabin crew for Virgin
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