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Apprentice Production Operative CPV Ltd

Manufacture of Plastic Prefabricated pipework systems. Level 2 Lean Manufacturing Operative apprenticeship standard.

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £203.28 to £392.04

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates
  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday from 7.30am to 5.00pm, Friday from 7.30am to 4.00pm. 30-minute unpaid lunch break and two 10-minute tea breaks each day. Breaks are to be taken at times to suit operational requirements.

    Total hours per week: 44.00

    (the hours are based on the candidate being over 18)

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    13 Oct 2021

  • Date posted

    20 Jan 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Reporting to the Fabrication Supervisor:

  • Working to engineering drawings to construct plastic pipe assemblies, tanks and vessels, pre-insulated pipework systems
  • Read and interpret engineering drawings and production work orders
  • Create and use templates and jigs
  • Fabricate, assemble, form, reshape, rework and repair plastic products
  • Mark out sheets and pipes using measuring and marking instruments
  • Construct pipe spools, tanks and vessels using various cutting, drilling and bending tools including power saws, routers, planes, sanders, knives, scrapers and bending devices
  • Use plastic welding equipment to manufacture and construct fabricated items
  • Understand plastics and bonding techniques using specialist precision tools and equipment
  • Cut and prepare pipes, fittings and sheets for welding
  • Assemble plastic components by using various welding and jointing techniques
  • Carry out weld testing and inspection
  • Assist other fabricators when required
  • Keep work area clean and tidy at all times

Breaks are to be taken at times to suit operational requirements. The working week is 39 hours, basic and 5-hour overtime.

Please note that anyone under the age of 18 will only work a maximum of 40 hours per week. Any role which exceeds these hours on advert will be amended accordingly to fall in line with the legislation.

Over 18 hourly rates.
£6.45 per hour for the 39 hours and £8.57 for the 5 hours overtime.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • IT skills including a good understanding of Microsoft Office; Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Good communication skills
  • Accurate and methodical approach to work
  • Read and understand engineering drawings
  • Able to follow instructions as many plastic fabrication skills are learnt through on-the-job training
  • Work well in a team  

Personal qualities

  • Manual dexterity and good eyesight
  • An enthusiastic attitude
  • Dexterous with a hands-on approach to work
  • Conscientious
  • Polite
  • Adaptable

Desired qualifications

Entry is subject to interview and assessment and you will need to have relevant employment. In addition, you will need to have 4 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or higher, including English & maths or have achieved a relevant Level 2 vocational qualification* and be able to demonstrate ability equivalent to, or exceeding Level 2 in English & maths.

Future prospects

  • EAL Level 2 Diploma in Manufacturing (knowledge and skills) 603/3589/0
  • ETCAL Level 2 Diploma in Manufacturing (knowledge and skills) 603/5151/2
  • Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Manufacturing (knowledge and skills) 603/4344/8
  • OAL Level 2 Diploma in Manufacturing (Knowledge and Skills) Ofqual number: 603/6783/0

Things to consider

The position may involve working off scaffolding, confined space, use of the overhead crane, training will be given on all aspects of the works required.

About the employer

CPV Ltd is a long-standing family business, which has evolved into a leading specialist in processing thermoplastics and providing engineering solutions. The company operates across a multitude of markets from industrial/process to civil and building services applications.

With a good reputation for investing in its people, production facilities and product development, the company prides itself on being able to offer unique and bespoke solutions.

Examples of products include:

  • Plastic pressure pipes
  • Chemical waste systems
  • Thermoplastic tanks and fabrications
  • Solar heating for swimming pools




Woodington Mill


SO51 6DQ

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Eastleigh College



Level 2 Lean Manufacturing Operative apprenticeship standard which includes:

  • Health & Safety: Relevant statutory, organisational and health and safety regulations relating to lean manufacturing operations and safe practices
  • Environmental: Compliance procedures/systems in line with regulatory requirements e.g. ISO 14001 or other relevant environmental standards
  • Production: Their individual roles and responsibilities within the organisation and the flexibility required to deliver products to meet customers costs/delivery targets/requirements e.g. Just in time (JIT)
  • Lean Manufacturing Operations: Manufacturing standard operation procedures (SOPs) adherence and development of lean processes
  • Quality Control: Process equipment monitoring, data collection, error proofing and operating procedures e.g. ISO 9002 or other relevant quality standards
  • Problem Solving: The tools and methods of effective problem-solving using data, reports and documents to resolve production related issues e.g. A3 report, graphs, matrices and escalate concerns   
  • Continuous Improvement: How to study and identify ways to improve the safety, quality, cost or process efficiency using lean manufacturing tools e.g. kaizen    
  • Communication: How to share information using a range of methods within the manufacturing environment e.g. oral, written, electronic, information boards, visual displays
  • Workplace Organisation: How to maintain a safe and efficient work site through work place organisation e.g. 5s and process ownership

Apprenticeship standard

Lean manufacturing operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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