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Pension arrangements are available to all Birmingham Royal Ballet staff, whether full or part-time, and BRB contributes generously to all schemes. The arrangements differ between orchestra, dancers, administration and technical staff; further details will be made available with your contract of employment. If you are employed on a casual basis or for a contract of less than three months, you will not be eligible to join any of our pension schemes.
The annual leave provisions within Birmingham Royal Ballet vary from four to five weeks' annual leave, depending on length of service, plus all statutory bank holidays (or days off in lieu).
You will receive full pay if you are off sick for a short period of time and entitlements increase with length of service; full details of sick-pay entitlements will be made available with your contract of employment. (Please note: employees are not eligible for Occupational or Statutory Sick Pay during the first three months of employment.)
Maternity and parental benefits
Birmingham Royal Ballet's maternity provisions incorporate the statutory requirements and offer enhanced benefits for employees who have worked for Birmingham Royal Ballet for a year or more. In addition, enhanced benefits are offered to partners following the birth of their child, and to employees who adopt a child.
Birmingham Royal Ballet is committed to helping its employees achieve the right balance between work and private life. We try where possible to offer flexible working arrangements, in particular to assist those with caring responsibilities. These may include job-sharing, part-time work, home-working or flexible hours.
An unpaid period of leave of up to one year may be granted for you to pursue a special project or fulfil other commitments. This is normally limited to those who have at least two years' service with the Company, and is subject to the Company being able to cover your work.
Training and development
Staff are actively encouraged to work with their managers to identify training and development needs. We work with staff and managers to ensure that all staff receive training relevant to their role. We run a development review scheme to help each person carry out their job to the best of their ability, and to highlight development needs relevant both to the current job and beyond.
Employees benefit from an accessible working environment. In addition, Birmingham Royal Ballet will work with individuals to put in place any reasonable adjustments required to enable them to undertake their role.
Health and welfare
The Company has an arrangement with a local medical practice, Bellevue Medical Centre, whereby you may see a doctor or nurse at work for advice.
Advice is also available from the Company's on-site medical centre, the Jerwood Centre for the Prevention and Treatment of Dance Injuries. Physiotherapy appointments and subsidised massage appointments to help ease muscle tension are available to BRB employees; priority is given to dancers. Employees also have access to stress counselling via Bellevue Medical Centre.
BRB is continually developing its Health and Safety procedures, and is committed to making the workplace safe and healthy. We will provide guidance and advice, and work with you to ensure a safe working environment.
Birmingham Royal Ballet's offices are non-smoking.
Leisure and entertainment
Birmingham Royal Ballet is based at the newly redeveloped Hippodrome Theatre, close to the markets area, the Arcadian Centre, and a short walk from the Mailbox development.
As a Birmingham Royal Ballet employee you will benefit from staff discounts at many of the local restaurants.
We consider it important that all employees have the opportunity to see the Company perform. You will have the opportunity to attend open rehearsals and Education and Friends events and from time to time, staff offers become available to employees for current Birmingham Royal Ballet productions and other local shows.
Employees also benefit from a subsidised staff restaurant.
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