Production Technician Apprenticeship Merrythought Teddy Bear Makers

This apprenticeship offers a unique opportunity for to join a supportive team that specialises in manufacturing high quality soft toys, particularly teddy bears. Merrythought is a globally-recognised British heritage brand that is famous for producing the classic English teddy bear, with product lines sold both in the UK and around the world.

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Closing date: 19 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday, 08:00 - 16:30 Fridays 08:00-12:30 Total hours per week: 38.5 hours a week with 30 mins unpaid break Monday to Thursday.

    Total hours per week: 36.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Jul 2023

  • Date posted

    04 May 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The successful candidate will be ‘hands-on’ in helping across many stages of production - from cutting, to stuffing, assembly and adding the finishing touches! - providing an opportunity to learn and develop a range of skills.

Responsibilities will include:

· Cutting

· Assembly

· Packing

· Labelling

· Embroidery

· Machine Operations

The role would suit someone who is eager to develop their skills and contribute to the overall productivity of the team, and who possess the flexibility to tackle a variety of different tasks. Good interpersonal skills and a willing ‘can do’ attitude are essential.

This is a unique opportunity for a willing, committed person to grow and develop within this prestigious heritage company, in what is a highly supportive environment.

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

  • Level 2 Lean Manufacturing Operative Apprenticeship Standard
  • Maths and English Functional Skills if required

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Upon completion of a successful apprenticeship a full-time post is likely to be available.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working, Creative


GCSE or equivalent English and Maths (Grade 3/D or above) Essential

About the employer

This role is based in the prestigious Merrythought Factory, which has been producing the finest quality British Teddy Bears since 1930. The position will cover a variety of tasks within the production line, where the successful candidate will have the opportunity to learn a wide range of skills and become fully trained throughout the factory. Merrythought’s skilled team specialises in crafting premium soft toys that are sought after by customers around the world. Alongside a core range of traditional teddy bears, the company also produces commemorative teddy bears for major events such as the Kings Coronation and other royal occasions, and manufactures exclusive products for luxury brands.


Merrythought Teddy Bear Makers






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Training provider



Clare McAuliffe

Apprenticeship standard

Lean manufacturing operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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