Wood Product Manufacturing Apprenticeship (Longden Doors) Longden Doors UK Ltd.

We are recruiting an apprentice who wants to be involved within the bespoke solid timber door industry & further develop themselves within the joinery trade. Working for one of the most prestigious door companies in the UK, with over 175 years of heritage, including projects made for Buckingham Palace and Houses of Parliament. You will be working within a team of skilled joiners and wood machinists, to learn the skills required to manufacture bespoke timber doors and frames, as well as other bespoke joinery items.

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Closing date: 07 Jul 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    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 - Thursday, 7.45am - 4.30pm and Friday, 7.45am - 2.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 39.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    10 Jul 2023

  • Date posted

    05 Apr 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • You will learn to operate machinery, power tools and hand tools in a safe manner
  • You will be committed to the apprentice programme and willing to learn from all formal development activities

Duties will include:

  • Working towards making bespoke solid timber doors and frames
  • Work proactively within a team, communicate with managers and supervisors
  • Work from written and verbal instructions, including drawings, diagrams, sketches, calculations using measuring equipment where appropriate
  • Operate machinery and equipment in a safe and correct manner using all safety devices and practices
  • Such other responsibilities allocated which are appropriate to the grade of the post

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Level 2 Wood Product Manufacturing Operative Apprenticeship Standard:

  • Functional Skills in maths and English (as required)

Training will take place in the work place with visits from your tutor. Here you will learn the theory and practical elements of the course, gaining the knowledge and developing skills to complete the apprenticeship.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Could progress to:

  • Level 3 Team Leader Apprenticeship
  • Full time employment upon completion of Apprenticeship

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 2+) Essential
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade 2+) Essential

Things to consider

You may be required to attend our training centre in Darlington (DL1 5AJ) and may need to make your own way there for day release training. Travel to and from the employer, based in 5b Bradbury Rd, Whinbank Rd, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6AY

About the employer

Generations of tradition and craftsmanship breathe life into every Longden door. For more than 180 years, Longden Doors has provided traditional craftsmanship and expertise to create doorsets that have graced many of the country’s buildings from historic listed buildings to premium residential. Our highly regarded brand continues to forge a reputation for high standards, service and innovation with the company’s facilities in County Durham. In 1838 John Longden founded John Longden & Sons as a small-time builder largely servicing Sheffield’s steel industry. It was John’s son George and grandson James who really established Longden as a Building and Contracting business. Longden swiftly grew to become of the top ten building and civil engineering contractors in the 19th century Britain. With many prestigious contracts, Longden considers traditional, apprentice-based craftsmanship and the development of skills as its major strength. As the architectural joinery and the production of high quality, solid timber panelled doors flourished, Longden moved away from the contractor business in 1978. Today, the Longden range of hardwood doorsets combine the highest quality of traditional craftsmanship with the performance levels needed to meet today’s technical criteria. It is the Longden name that has remained and enshrined on our present-day range of beautiful handmade doors.


Longden Doors UK Ltd.






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Training provider



Graham Curry



Apprenticeship standard

Wood product manufacturing operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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