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Machine Operator & Assembly Technician - Engineering Operative Apprenticeship SMITHS METAL CENTRES LIMITED

Manufacture, assemble, test, pack and despatch, premium luxury brassware and shower systems for the boutique showroom and high-end contracts markets. Inspection of parts for accuracy and surface finish, assembly and test of products, loading, unloading and operations

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Closing date: 20 Jun 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Wage

    Competitive salary

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Expected duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    17 Aug 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

From our operations hub in Telford we manufacture, assemble, test, pack and despatch, premium luxury brassware and shower systems for the boutique showroom and high-end contracts markets.  Currently supplying to the UK, predominately the London and South showrooms.  We manufacture parts to the highest standard with exceptional attention to product performance, finish and aesthetics of each component produced. 


  • CNC Vertical Machines Centres with Fanuc Controls – loading, unloading and operations.   Changing tools and monitoring status.
  • Inspection of parts for accuracy and surface finish
  • CNC Lathe - – loading, unloading and operations.   Changing tools and monitoring status.
  • Inspection of parts for accuracy and surface finish
  • Operate a Total Preventive maintenance program, to maintain machines.
  • Work to 5’S ensure workspace is organised neat, and clean
  • Assembly & Test – assembly and test of products


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  • Doosan VMC – c/w Fanuc
  • Doosan lathe – c/w Fanuc
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Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Honest
  • Hardworking
  • Detailed
  • Works consistently to high standards at all times
  • Demonstrable problem solving skills
  • Good verbal and written communications


Personal qualities

  • Passionate about engineering
  • Good timekeeping
  • Positive attitude
  • Willingness to learn and progress and commit to this apprenticeship training
  • Reliable
  • Adaptable
  • Someone who enjoys practical work
  • Ambitious
  • Ability to use initiative

Desired qualifications

GCSE Minimum level 4 / C in English and maths - as a minimum. 

Future prospects

The role requires a high standard of attention and awareness to their own and other roles within the business.  We do not expect the candidate to feel pressured in needing to progress but as we are a growing company there will be opportunity to grow along with it, from their own role to moving roles within the business.


About the employer

It was in 2003 when Kanth shower valves were first introduced to the bathroom market, with just five independent plumbers within central London specially selected to sell them for market research purposes. The products, as expected, proved extremely popular, with word of mouth seeing over 200 units sold within a very short period. During our years of testing the market, the response we received was phenomenal, with the product greatly exceeding expectations, and a decision to formally launch was agreed.   

The obvious route to market at the time was to partner with a distributor and exclusivity was given to a company reported to know the premium retail market well. The relationship started out positively, but soon became problematic.

Shortly after the forming of the partnership, the distributor acquired the manufacturing rights to another brand, one they had already been distributing for a long time. Their newly appointed Head of Manufacturing gave no consideration or thought to Kanth’s vision and principles, he simply wanted Kanth to fit into its existing business model. This company sourced majority of its components from the Far East and this would have been their preferred route for the Kanth products. They were essentially looking to increase their own profit margins, whilst at the same time attempting to reduce Kanth’s. Something that was completely contrary to what had been agreed at the outset. All things which make for a great for a profit-centred model, but not for a principle-centred one.

Having a clear vision has proven notoriously difficult throughout the ages as not all share – or even care – what you value. This is certainly true when it comes to Kanth, as those we believed shared it fell short – ultimately compromising our principles. A shared vision is always that – shared. When you care about something so passionately it’s difficult partnering with those who don’t. On face value, Kanth and its original partner were in harmony but behind the scenes the reality was very different.




Unit D1

Horton Park, Hortonwood 7



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by IN-COMM TRAINING ACADEMY SHROPSHIRE LIMITED


Leighanne Omisore 07570952071

This is a 15 month apprenticeship resulting in a Level 2 Engineering Operative qualification. Training will include attending college one day per week for the duration of the apprenticeship - this will be at In-Comm Training Services in Telford. 

You will work to achieving:

  • Level 2 NVQ in Engineering Operations
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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