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Manufacturing Apprentices Portmerion Group Uk Ltd

We are currently recruiting for various roles within the production department here at Portmeirion. Having recently invested heavily in new automated machinery of £1 million, we're looking for the next generation of Ceramic stars to join the team. There are 10 vacancies with good starting rates and incentives payments worth up to £1000!

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Closing date: 24 Dec 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £157.50

  • Working week

    Hours to suit each individual. Monday to Friday. 9am - 5pm, 8am - 4pm and 7.30am - 3.30pm.

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Expected duration

    14 months

  • Possible start date

    05 Jan 2022

  • Date posted

    27 Aug 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate
    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number

    VAC001757920

  • Positions

    10 available

We are currently recruiting for various roles within the production department here at Portmeirion. 

Having recently invested heavily in new automated machinery of £1 million we're looking for the next generation of Ceramic stars to join the team here at London Road.

There are a number of jobs on offer with a starting rate of £4.50 p/h and incentives payments worth up to £1000 within the first year of being here!  

You will see how our ideas and inspirations come to life as you create the various ware with roles such as mould makers, crankers, lithographers, makers and multi-printers, you are essentially the last part of the process and the most important. 

You will start off on a Lean Manufacturing Apprenticeship, but will have the opportunity to go as far as you can with your apprenticeship journey and working with the Learning and Development Manager, a development plan will be put in place to ensure that you have the ability to grow and achieve your potential here at Portmeirion.

Duties include: 

Cranker:

  • This role entails placing a flat piece of ware into a crank. The crank is made up of a base, lid and three arms which have triangular shaped pins pointing inwards from them, which is where you would place the ware with care.
  • Attention to detail , team work, ready to escalate any issues and filling in paper work
  • Be responsible for the maintenance of own workstation
  • Ability to follow standards & specifications

Good communication skills, attitude to learn and continuous improvement, good co-ordination, personal dexterity, having attention to detail is essential, organisational skills. 

Mould Maker:

  • Casts plaster block moulds, case moulds and working moulds used in forming pottery ware, using models, clay, and plaster
  • Places model in clay with upper half of model exposed
  • Brushes soap solution on exposed half of model
  • Places wooden form around model or builds up wooden box sides
  • Mixes plaster and pours it over exposed half of model to form one half of block mould
  • Allows plaster to harden, removes wooden box sides, and turns mould over, leaving model in plaster mould
  • Removes clay, smooths surface of mould, using knife and scrapers and applies soap solution
  • Replaces box sides around mould and pours in plaster to form other half of block mould
  • Casts case mould in similar manner, using block mould as patter

Lithographer:

  • Work as part of a team in the ceramic decorating section
  • Develop creative skills to decorate whiteware products 
  • Apply transfers, company logos and badges to a world-renowned brand 
  • Apply efficient ways of working to improve productivity 
  • Work as a team to meet individual and company targets
  • Be responsible for the maintenance of own workstation
  • Ability to follow standards & specifications 

Good communication skills, attitude to learn and continuous improvement, good co-ordination, personal dexterity, having attention to detail is essential, organisational skills. 


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skills 
  • Organisation skills 

Personal qualities

  • Team player 
  • Be flexible in the workplace

Desired qualifications

  • GCSE Grades D/3 or above or equivalent

Future prospects

  • Permanent post on completion of apprenticeship with a 3 to 5 year development plan to continue your learning

Things to consider

  • This role can be repetitive 

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: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates


About the employer

In the 1950s, Susan Williams-Ellis and her husband Euan Cooper-Willis began selling pottery in the gift shop in Portmeirion, a tourist village in North Wales which was created by Susan’s father, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. Some of the pottery was designed exclusively for the Portmeirion shop by Susan, who was then a freelance designer and illustrator. The pottery was manufactured and decorated by A. E. Gray & Company Limited, a small pottery business in Stoke-on-Trent.

In 1960, Susan and Euan acquired A. E. Gray & Company Limited, shortly followed, in 1961, by the acquisition of Kirkhams Limited. The two businesses were combined at Kirkhams Limited’s premises, which the Group has continued to occupy, and the design and manufacture of pottery products bearing the name “Portmeirion” began.

In 1972, the introduction of Portmeirion Botanic Garden, a design created and shaped by Susan Williams-Ellis, led to a significant increase in turnover. This distinctive design has since been complemented by the introduction of many new motifs and shapes over the years. Portmeirion Botanic Garden continues to be the highest selling pattern of Portmeirion Group with ongoing sales of over £30 million annually.

Employer

Portmerion Group Uk Ltd

Address

Victoria Road

Stoke-On-Trent

ST4 2HS

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Training

Training provider

AXIA SOLUTIONS LIMITED

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Axia Solutions Limited

Contact

Ellie Rowland 01782572777 ellier@axia-solutions.com

  • 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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