South West Blinds

£140.00 per week


Performing Manufacturing Operations Apprentice
Published: Oct 06, 2017
Ref: SW178JG

A Plymouth blind manufacturer and installer is wanting to recruit an apprentice to join their team of experienced staff.

The Apprentice’s Role

The apprentice will work on the production line making all types of blinds, awnings and other items where necessary. Tasks will include using hand and power tools, industrial machines, cutting and shaping a variety of materials, packing and general production work.

They are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic person who is interested in production work and enjoy hands on work with a good sense of humour and friendly personality in order to fulfil this role.

Working Hours: You will be working Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm.

Wages: £140.00 per week, based on a 40 hour week. Any hours worked above 40 hours per week will be paid at the appropriate national minimum wage, depending on age.

Holiday: You will be entitled to 28 days holiday, including bank holidays, each year during the course of your apprenticeship.

Contact Details: If you have any queries please contact us on either this email address or call us on 01752 332452.

South West Blinds was formed in 1999 and has built on its reputation year on year. By offering free expert advice and professional installations in thousands of homes, schools and businesses throughout the South West they have quickly become the region's leading window coverings provider.

Whatever style of blind the customers require, they can help. As a truly independent company they are able to put the customer first. They do not rely on one supplier or system and build each and every product to correctly suit its intended application.

Past Apprentices

South West Blinds have had three apprentices in the past from Skills Group, two of which remain at the firm and are working towards their PMO level 2. They are now looking to recruit another enthusiastic young person to join the team.

On completion of your level 2 qualification in Performing Manufacturing Operations there may be the opportunity to become a full time employee of the firm.

Skills Required

You should have good communication skills and an eloquent, friendly, and personable manner, when dealing with customers suppliers and colleagues alike.

Personal Qualities

You must be honest, reliable and have a desire to work in a busy environment.

Prior Qualifications

GCSE Maths and English at Grade A* – D are preferable. ICT Skills would also be an advantage.

The Apprenticeship in Performing Manufacturing Operations includes:

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Manufacturing Operations
  • Level 2 Diploma in Industrial Environment Awareness
  • Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Health and Safety Certificate
  • Emergency First Aid

Most aspects of your training will be delivered on-site by the employer, where you will gain all the skills, knowledge and experience to assist you in this role. Your duties will vary from day to day, and throughout your on-site learning process you will work closely with experienced members of staff.

You will have regular visits every six to eight weeks from your designated assessor, who will help you and monitor your progress throughout your apprenticeship programme.

Once you have submitted this information a member of the recruitment team will be in touch to arrange your first interview with Skills Group. You do not need to apply for other vacancies at this stage, as you will be considered for all suitable vacancies.

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About Us

Skills Group has over 20 years’ experience in delivering apprenticeships, working with top local employers to offer sustainable employment opportunities. We are one of the country's largest independent training providers, one of very few to be recognised as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted, and in the top 5% nationally for our apprentice success rates.


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