Apprentice Yarn Production Operative PROGRESSIVE THREADS LTD

What is Yarn? Yarn is a long continuous length of interlocked fibres, used in sewing, crocheting, knitting, weaving, embroidery and the production of textiles. Thread is a type of yarn intended for sewing by hand or machine. It starts life without colour and we make it the colour that customers want. Could you be our new manufacturing apprentice?

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Closing date: 31 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 08:00 - 17:00

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    06 Nov 2023

  • Date posted

    28 Apr 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Collect batches of yarn from the warehouse using production tickets to ensure you are picking the correct product.
  • Document the information required for the order/process (product numbers, amount etc).
  • Prepare batch, ready to load onto the winding machine Checking for quality issues as you do.
  • Load the yarn packages onto the winding machines & thread the yarn through guiders. When you are happy that all checks have been made, start the machine.
  • Stay with the machine whilst the process is running to ensure no ‘glitches’ occur and so that you can stop the machine straight away if you notice anything wrong.
  • When the cycle is complete, remove the yarn and add to drying racks.
  • Monitor at all teams for quality and health & safety.

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

Level 2 Lean Manufacturing Operative apprenticeship standard, including Functional Skills if required.

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
City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Manufacturing (knowledge and skills) 610/0180/6
No other qualification can be completed within this standard

This programme is delivered via a day release delivery model which means that one day per week, your attendance is required at our Engineering campus, NG17. This attendance is required during term time only.

You will work with expert assessors to develop new knowledge, skills and behaviours within the profession.

You will experience a blended learning model.

You will gather learning evidence, journals and off-the-job records using your e-portfolio.

At the end of the planned learning period, it will be agreed that you are ready to enter 'Gateway' and for your End Point Assessment to be arranged. 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Upon completion of this apprenticeship further training may be offered to maintain your skills within the role.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Team working


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Grade 9-3 / A*-D) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Grade 9-3 / A*-D) Desired

About the employer

We are UK based yarn dyers and processors. We are based in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. Brian Mee formed the company in 1977 along with his wife June. Brian craved a different challenge after working at Pretty Polly and several dyehouses in the Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire areas. In 1980, Brian's sons Ian and Andrew joined the business and to this day continue to run the company.







NG17 5LD

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Training provider



Karen Millward

01623 900632

Apprenticeship standard

Lean manufacturing operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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