Apprentice Sewing Machinist Whitehouse Cox & Co Ltd

Apprentice required to learn fundamentals of the company's manufacturing process - Gluing, painting, turning, assembly operations and techniques.

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £206.70

  • Working week

    39 hours per week Days and Times TBC

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    25 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number

    VAC001300822

  • Positions

    1 available

Reporting to the in-house trainer, the apprentice will undertake a 6 month basic training programme in the fundamentals of the company's manufacturing process -

  • Gluing, painting, turning, assembly operations and techniques

Upon completion of basic manufacturing training the apprentice will then commence sewing Machinery training within the machining section, to include

  • Machinery set-up and maintenance
  • Machinery Operation
  • Machining materials-silks, skivers, fabrics, leathers
  • Machining production pieces

After basic machining training, the apprentice will be carrying out (on a daily basis) production operations on a variety of sewing machines, carrying out machining operations for sub-assemblies of leather products from the first stage of assembly to the final stage of assembly.
The final stage of training will be the final machining operations for completed leather products.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Manual dexterity
  • Previous knowledge of making textiles / using a sewing machine would be advantageous
  • Good verbal communications
  • Able to work independently and in a team

Personal qualities

  • Enthusiastic
  • Willing to learn
  • Pays attention to detail
  • Reliable
  • Punctual

Qualifications required

Minimum Grade D in English, Maths and ICT or the Equivalent Functional Skills Level 2.

Future prospects

At this stage there is no progression within this role, but the company estimates it will take 2-3 years until the apprentice is sufficiently skilled to be able to carry out final machining operations for completed leather products.

Things to consider

An assessor from In-Comm Training & Business Services will visit the successful candidate once a month for a period of 12 months in order to deliver the qualification. 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

Whitehouse Cox have been established since 1875 and are the leading manufacturers today of high quality handmade leather accessories. Using only the finest locally sourced vegaetable-tanned leathers, Whitehouse Cox's team of finely -skilled artisans handcraft a range of wallets, bags and accessories at their factory in Aldridge , Walsall.

Combining traditional skills with contemporary design.

They only use the highest quality components and the best selected leathers.

All their leathers are hand finished with applications of oils and waxes which brings out the

Naturally beautiful character of the leathers.

Employer

Whitehouse Cox & Co Ltd

Address

F1 Lockside Unit

Walsall

WS9 8BZ

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Training provider

NVQ Level 2 in Performing Manufacturing Operations
Award in Industrial and Environmental Awareness
Personal Learning and Thinking Skills Workbook
Employment Rights and Responsibilities Workbook

Apprenticeship framework

Improving Operational Performance

Training provider

IN-COMM TRAINING SERVICES LIMITED

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by In-Comm Training Services Ltd

Contact

Alex Jones 01922 457686


Other information

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).

Under 18s: Anyone under the age of 18 cannot legally work for more than 40 hours per week; over 18s must agree to opt out of the working time directive if they work more than 48 hours per week.

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2017