What does the aviation industry look for in a pre-employment background check?
Due to the sensitive and secure nature of the aviation industry, both applicants and employers need to be aware of the pre-employment background checks that must be completed before someone can work in the sector.
These checks exist to make sure employees in the aviation industry are suitable and appropriate, bringing with them no risks onto secure sites or in proximity to secure people or establishments.
Here’s everything you need to know about the pre-employment background checks the aviation industry looks for.
Baseline Personnel Security Standard
Before aviation industry specific background checks can take place, those applying for jobs in the sector will need to meet the requirements of the Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS).
This check requires an employer to verify certain details about the applicant, such as their identity, their employment history from the past five years, their nationality and immigration status, and any criminal records (limited to unspent convictions).
If an individual has a criminal record, they will not necessarily be barred from future pre-employment background checks, but the Civil Aviation Authority will need to consider whether their conviction will affect their suitability for the job they’re applying for.
This check can also be referred to as the Basic Disclosure Check, or the Criminal Record Check. This can be carried out through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and full details can be found about this check here, on the Gov.uk website.
National Security Vetting
NSV, or National Security Vetting, is one of the pre-employment background checks that the aviation industry employs to analyse potential new staff members and employees, following meeting the guidelines of the BPSS. This check focuses on the applicant’s personal character and circumstances. The check makes sure that they can be trusted to work in an environment, and specific job position, which may involve access to some sensitive assets or areas of sites.
The Civil Aviation Authority carries out these checks. While the roles that need these checks are confidential, when applying for a job in the aviation industry, individuals will be advised by their employer if they need an NSV clearance for their desired job.
Counter Terrorism Checks
Another check that needs to be carried out before an individual is employed in the aviation industry is the Counter Terrorism Check (CTC). This will look at the UK criminal and security records of an individual to make sure that they don’t pose a risk to areas, establishments, or public figures that may be threatened by terrorism.
CTC clearance, once received, is valid for up for five years. However, there may be periodic checks made if circumstances change or vetting authorities need to corroborate against updated records. Once again, the Civil Aviation Authority is the organisation that an individual will need to apply to in order to get CTC clearance.
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