Intermediate Apprenticeship in Improving Operational Performance Thinking Space Systems

As an apprentice you will learn and develop an understanding of the entire process from marketing through to manufacture/installation of the final product to gain an understanding of the different roles within the company, Production based training includes CNC machine, drilling cutting and dispatching our product

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Closing date: 02 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £162.00 - £282.00

    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage rates are £4.05 an hour for 16 - 17 year olds, £5.60 an hour for 18 - 20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship(usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    (Excluding the day set for day release) Monday to Friday – 40 hours per week – Standard hours 8.30 am to 4.30 pm – with a paid break at 11.00 am – 11.15 am and an unpaid lunchbreak from 1.00 pm to 1.30 pm.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    2 years

  • Possible start date

    09 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    23 Jun 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The Apprentice as part of the two year Intermediate Apprenticeship in Improving Operational Performance at Eastleigh College, with full training will carry out the following duties;

Cut and drill aluminium extrusions using a chop saw with a digital stop and pillar drill

Clean, wrap and pack goods ready for dispatch

Manufacture technical furniture to specified drawings working to tight deadlines but keep with the quality standards and use CAD Inventor to generate designs to customer requirements along with learning the admin and sales side of the business

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Have an interest in Engineering
  • Able to communicate clearly and effectively in writing and verbally
  • The ability to work tidily and safely in the workshop environment whilst working to deadlines

Personal qualities

A willingness to learn new skills and attention to detail is essential

Qualifications required

4 GCSEs at grade D or higher in English and Maths or ahve achieved a relevant level 1 or 2 vocational qualification or have relevant experience and be able to demonstrate ability equivalent to or exceeding level 1 English & Maths.

Future prospects

The role will primarily be based in a workshop environment as part of the Production Team. You will learn other aspects of the business and have a great insight how different parts of the business work.

Things to consider

From April 2017 this rises to £3.50 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training.

About the employer

Thinking Space Systems Ltd excels in supplying high quality technical furniture for control room environments worldwide. With headquarters in Romsey, Hampshire we are looking for a Workshop Apprentice who will work as part of the Production Team.


Thinking Space Systems


The Quadrangle Unit 2

Premier Way


SO51 9DL

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Training provider

The Intermediate Apprenticeship in Improving Operational Performance is a Level 2 Apprenticeship that is primarily for those who are seeking to start a career in the engineering or manufacturing sectors. The Apprenticeship equips apprentices with the essential skills and knowledge to carry out a range of engineering and manufacturing processes at semi-skilled and operator level, whilst providing a firm foundation from which to progress and develop a career. Two pathway options are offered: - Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) (EGEC2) - Performing Manufacturing Operations (PMO) (EPM21) The PEO pathway provides an all-round grounding in fundamental engineering operations and techniques. The pathway includes core units relating to; working safely in an engineering environment, carrying out engineering activities efficiently and effectively and using and communicating technical information. In addition, a wide range of unit options are available to select from. The PMO pathway focuses on developing the fundamental skills and knowledge required to operate effectively in a manufacturing environment. This pathway includes core units relating to; complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements, promoting effective working relationships and effective team working. In addition, a wide range of unit options are available to select from.

Apprenticeship framework

Improving Operational Performance

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Eastleigh College


Matt Taylor 02380 911 170

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Closing date: 02 Oct 2017