An excellent opportunity to join an innovative and friendly company as a Production Apprentice. Dancing Mole designs and manufactures its products using the latest CNC machinery and design software and sells its products worldwide.

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Closing date: 02 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Apprenticeship duration

    2 years

  • Possible start date

    09 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    18 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

  • Below is a list of the tasks to be undertaken on a regular basis.
  • Loading materials onto the CNC cutting machines.
  • Cleaning down the CNC machines and undertaking weekly service checks.
  • Unloading CNC machines and cleaning down and deburring cut products.
  • Checking the quality of manufactured products.
  • Placing manufactured items into stores in the correct locations.
  • Checking in deliveries.
  • Fullfilling orders by taking correct items from stock, wrapping and boxing up for despatch.
  • Stock management of materials, packaging and finished items.
  • Pre-assembly of postal boxes.
  • Assisting with set up of special cutting equipment.
  • Assisting with set up of photographic equipment.
  • Assisting in the paint spraying booth.
  • We are developing new products on an ongoing basis and the apprentice will be required to take on additional responsibilities as and when required.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good attention to detail.
  • Ability to work both as a member of a team and on their own.
  • Enjoys manual work and is a quick learner.

Personal qualities

  • Punctual and reliable.
  • Keen to learn.
  • Good communication skills.

Qualifications required

GCSE (or equivalent) grade C or above in Maths and Science/Engineering/Technology.

Future prospects

Full time employment.

Things to consider

The work can get physical. The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are £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).

About the employer

Dancing Mole designs and manufactures unique and personalised homeware, craft items, toys & games in its workshop based on the border between Hampshire and Wiltshire. Established in 2014 the company has grown quickly selling its products throughout the UK, USA and over 20 other countries. Dancing Mole is equipped with the latest CNC machinery and design software and has plans for further investment in the coming year.




The Boiler House

Dean Hill Park, West Dean



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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.

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.

Apprenticeship framework

Improving Operational Performance

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Eastleigh College


Matt 02380 911 170

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Closing date: 02 Oct 2017