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Manufacturing Operatives Apprenticeship Opportunities Churchill China UK Plc

An opportunity to work for one of Staffordshire's leading manufacturers in the Ceramic industry. Churchill China is experiencing growth and is expanding. It intends to offer applicants thorough training in Lean Manufacturing Principles with a chance to specialise in a variety of areas across the company. Career prospects are excellent.

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Closing date: 31 Dec 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £207.20 - £240.00

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday (Hours will vary across each department). Wages will go from £5.18 p/h for the first month to then £6 p/h for the reminder of the apprenticeship. Permanent role and age appropriate salary on completion of the apprenticeship.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jan 2022

  • Date posted

    09 Jul 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    9 available

  • Work as part of a team in the one of the 5 departments - Stone Casting, Warehousing and Selection, Lithographing, Mouldmaking or Underglazing Decorator
  • Develop your skills across the board
  • Apply efficient ways of working to improve productivity
  • Work as a team to meet individual and company targets 
  • Be responsible for the maintenance of your own work station

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Ability to follow standards and specifications
  • Good communication skills
  • Attitude to learn and continuous improvement
  • Good coordination skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Time keeping skills

Personal qualities

  • Having attention to detail is essential
  • Ability to work in a professional manner
  • Be focused, committed, confident, optimistic, decisive and trustworthy

Desired qualifications

  • Have a minimum understanding of a computer and be happy to expand this knowledge with an Essential Digital Skills course

Future prospects

  • Permanent post within Churchill China
  • Able to stay in area chosen for apprenticeship or chance to try a new area could be available

Things to consider

  • Interest in one of Stokes most historic industries is an advantage 
  • Desire to develop personal and transferable skills

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

About the employer

Churchill China plc is one of the worlds major manufacturers and distributors of high quality ceramic tableware and related products. Based in Stoke on Trent, Churchill can trace its development back to the establishment of one of its constituent companies, Sampson Bridgwood, in 1795 and has developed progressively, building a reputation as an innovative and reliable supplier of quality products. Churchill supplies a wide range of ceramic tableware and related products to customers in hospitality and home markets around the world through an extensive network of retailers, agents and distributors.


Churchill China UK Plc


Marlborough Way



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Axia Solutions Limited


Ellie Rowland 01782 572777

  • Lean Manufacturing Operative Level 2 Diploma 
  • English and maths Functional Skills Level 1 with opportunity to achieve Level 2
  • Development of soft skills in communication and teamwork
  • Essential Digital skills are optional 

Apprenticeship standard

Lean manufacturing operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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